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Turc et Sa Maîtresse Surpris par Des Assassins

Turk protecting a Woman

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlandi 117; Sanchez 41, second state


Sheet: 33.4 × 26 cm (13 1/8 × 10 1/4 in.) Image: 11.6 × 8.4 cm (4 9/16 × 3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



A Turk stands, in front of a sofa, drawing his scimitar to protect his mistress who is on the sofa. She has her hand on his right arm as he draws the scimitar. Both look to the left where an assassin, scimitar drawn, hides behind a column.
The sofa is against a wall. Two corinthian columns can be seen behind the wall.
A section of a table can be seen in front of the column that hides the assassin.


In stone, outside image l.r. H Vernet; VERSO c.c.inside and around the edge of an oval MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON MASS, inside is a smaller oval with 1982.470


To MFA October 13, 1982

Credit Line

Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis