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One of the essential names in America Orientalism, the Boston-born Edwin Lord Weeks spent most of his adult life as an Academic Artist should: either traveling through the East in search of inspiration and references or studying under great masters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat. As a result, most of his paintings would be based on sketches and photographs taken during those trips, collated later into amazing pictures in one of the many studios he established through his life.
That technical distance between contact and creation would create an issue, not for the artist, but art critics and historians. Because Weeks would often paint a particular location many years after his visit, that knowledge of his biography and trajectory is of little use when attempting to date his paintings. Further, Weeks seems to have spent many years going back and making alterations to paintings, adding and removing elements or details, resulting in some paintings that end up becoming collations not only of references but of the artist's experiences over many years.
Among those paintings that can't be dated is this amazing oil on canvas depicting an Indian scene. Considering that Weeks' first trip to India wouldn't happen until 1882, it is possible to posit that the painting must have been finished after that. That is not to say, though, that I mightn't have been started before the India trip, maybe like a scene set in Marocco or Egypt, but later adapted into what is seen here using references acquired in India. To further complicate things, most of Weeks' paintings, including this one, were sold in the same auction by his estate upon his death in 1903. Because Weeks came from a family of wealthy merchants, he had never needed to sell his paintings, instead only placing them in the Paris Salon, where he was able to win many laurels.
Depicted here is a group of soldiers resting by one of the gates in Agra fortress, the residence of many emperors of the Mughal dynasty. It is possibly the Amar Singh Gate, which is now used as the main tourist entrance to the complex, although the gate's current appearance does not resemble Weeks' depiction, of the two gates, it is the most similar to the one depicted here. That may be, as mentioned above, due to Weeks having initially set out to some other fortification but eventually adapting it to look more like the one in India.
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