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The Orientalists

The best art book on Orientalism was written by Kristian Davies, who I sketched in New York. Orientalists: Western Artists in Arabia, the Sahara, Persia and India is lavishly illustrated with paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ludwig Deutsch, and Leon Belly (whose painting appears on the cover). He includes a whole chapter on the painting "Zaporozhian Cossacks of Ukraine Writing a Letter in Reply to the Sultan of Turkey" by Ilya Repin (1844-1930), quoting the exact written exchange between the Sultan and the Cossacks.
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