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William Edward Dighton (1822–1853) in Middle Eastern Dress

This is the only known portrait of Goodall’s fellow artist Dighton. It must have been painted soon before or immediately after the sitter’s 1852 tour of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine. Images of Westerners dressed in exotic costume proliferated in this period marked by colonial expansion and increased travel to regions beyond Europe.

Credit: Gift of Kenneth Jay Lane, 2014

c. 1852-53
Oil on canvas
53.3 x 39.4cm
2014.435.5
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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