Dowling, Robert (1827-86; English/Australian)
A Sheikh and his son entering Cairo on their return from a pilgrimage to Mecca 1874
Oil on canvas, 139.3 x 244.5 cm
Presented by subscribers, 1878
National Gallery of Victoria (p.306.7-1)

Dowling painted this large Orientalist composition in London, after a visit to Egypt. It was shown at the Royal Academy, and then in Launceston, before being presented to the NGV “by a committee of gentlemen.”


AR 1878, p.51; NGV 1894, p.73 (IV.McArthur Gallery, no.12); NGV 1905, p.86 (III.McArthur Gallery, no.14) 

For this work, see also Jones Robert Dowling (2010), pp.138-39