A Turkish prisoner (Bash Shawish, Ghezireh)

Accession Number ART02800
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 31.8 x 24.2 cm (irreg.); image: 30.4 x 17.2 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Lambert, George
Place made Egypt: Cairo, Gezira
Date made May 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Depicts a portrait of a Turkish prisoner wearing a hat with tassel, long moustache and Turkish shirt. Turkish prisoners in Egypt, lived under perhaps the best conditions of any prisoners during the First World War. This was a result of the mildness of the climate and the comparatively liberal supplies of food, clothing and medical care. They were free to wear their national dress, including the fez and oriental shoes, and prepare their own meals. Lambert made this drawing in May 1918 and noted on it: "Turkish captain (Marine) Bash Shawish, P. of W Ghezireh". Lambert was in Egypt in 1918.

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