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Always a prominent name among American Orientalists, Edwin Lord Weeks spent most of his adult life either traveling around the East, a common practice among Academic artists that had the objective of a rich library of references, or studying under masters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat, both great names of Academic Art in their own right. Among Weeks’ travels, there were long periods spent in Morocco, Egypt, and India. During and after those periods, Weeks would produce the bulk of his body of work, with many of his paintings having being produced in temporary studios.
One of the main challenges posed by Weeks’ work is, though, to date his paintings. That difficulty comes from three aspects: firstly, that the painter himself rarely ever dated his paintings, differing from common practice; second, that most of his paintings were sold at the same time by his estate upon his death, making the date of sale irrelevant for dating; lastly, and perhaps most importantly, because, based on the few paintings that can be adequately dated, Weeks would often produce paintings set on a place years after visiting it, based on sketches and photographs taken on his trip there.
As such, this beautiful painting that is now in possession of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is quite difficult to date. Although its label at the museum dates it as being painted circa 1880, that would mean that Weeks painted this Indian riverbank scene at least two years before ever setting foot in India himself. Tellingly, an alternate title for the painting is offered, placing it at the banks of the Nile River, in Egypt, which would be more adequate to the dating, since Weeks had indeed visited Egypt in the 1870s. But, although the alternate title would make sense with the dating, it is difficult to place the scene geographically beyond doubt. If, on the one hand, it bears many similarities to Weeks’ other depictions of India, on the other the architecture is just generically Eastern enough for it to fit Egypt as well. In all likelihood the artist started the painting after his trip to Egypt, wanting to paint the Nile River and later made slight changes to it after his trip to India, resulting in a painting that could easily belong to both places.
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