Eugène Delacroix / Saada, the Wife of Abraham Benchimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughters / 1832Eugène Delacroix
Saada, the Wife of Abraham Benchimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughters

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Creator Name: Delacroix, Eugène
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French, 1798-1863
Creator Name-CRT: Eugène Delacroix
Title: Saada, the Wife of Abraham Benchimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughters
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Creation Start Date: 1832
Creation End Date: 1832
Creation Date: 1832
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Watercolor over graphite
Dimensions: 8-3/4 x 6-3/8 in. (22.2 x 16.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1972.118.210
Credit Line: Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971

Delacroix produced this sumptuous watercolor on a trip to North Africa in 1832. He accompanied his friend the Count de Mornay on his mission as good-will ambassador to the Sultan of Morocco, Abd-er-Rahman II. Assigned to the delegation as dragoman was the Jewish interpreter Abraham-Ben-Chimol (Abraham Benchimol) of Tangiers, who introduced the Frenchmen to his wife and to his daughter, pictured here in her bridal attire. In his 'Journal,' Delacroix described in extensive detail a Jewish wedding he attended in Tangiers on February 21, 1832.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1972.118.210
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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