The Dying Turk

1825–30
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)


Dimensions

Sheet: 19.6 x 24.3 cm (7 11/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1999.689

Medium or Technique

Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite pencil

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Two turbanned men in Turkish costume, the elder leaning over the younger who lies on the ground with a wound to the head; distant fire and charred ruins in background. Traditionally called “The Dying Greek.”

Provenance

About 1905, acquired by Horace D. Chapin (1850-1937); 1937, to his niece, Louisa Chapin Hooper (Mrs. Ward) Thoron (held temporarily by her daughter Mrs. Francis P. MacVeagh); about 1975, to her daughter, Faith Thoron (Mrs. Robert) Knapp (New York, NY); 1999, gift of Faith Thoron (Mrs. Robert) Knapp to MFA. (Accession Date: December 1999)

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Edward William Hooper, Trustee of the Museum 1879-1901, from a granddaughter