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Ismaïl et Mariam

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet (called Horace Vernet) (French, 1789–1863)

Catalogue Raisonné

Beraldi 194; Sanchez 76 only state


Overall: 35 x 23.2cm (13 3/4 x 9 1/8in.) Other (Image): 32.2 x 22.3cm (12 11/16 x 8 3/4in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Plate 78; Lith de G. Engelmann
In the background (left) the wind is blowing a large palm branch. A smaller branch is blowing behind the lage branch. Ismaïl, a Bedouin Arab of one of the tribes of Syria, lays on the ground having just discovered the body of Mariam (only her head is showing), a young christian and his love, dead and buried in the desert. A hurricane of sand is about to bury Mariam.
Ismail wears a turban. A piece of the turban’s cloth is blowing in the wind. He wears a jacket over a shirt and dark pants.
Mariam’s body is wrapped in a cloth. Ismail holds part of the cloth revealing Mariam’s head/face Dark hair surrounds her face. A cross is on Mariam’s chest.


In stone l.r. HV - Outside of print: l. l.: H. Vernet; l.r. Lith. de G. Englemann b.c Ismaïl et Mariam; u.r. P.78. - VERSO c.c. in oval MFA BOSTON


Accession numbers assigned by V/C September 20, 1995. The Calabi Collection of Early Lithographs made before 1840.

Credit Line

Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard