Pasha and Bayadere by Roger Fenton

Fenton created Pasha and Bayadere in 1858 as part of a series of photographs inspired by his recent expedition to photograph the Crimean War.


Albumen silver print
42 x 38 cm
Art Fund grant:
£49,000 ( Total: £108,506; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Descendants of Frank Dillon

It is an important and beautiful expression of an orientalist theme in British art of the nineteenth century and reflects the Victorian fascination with the ‘exotic’ east. Fenton himself appears as the ‘Pasha’ and the musician is the English landscape painter, Frank Dillon, who originally owned the print.


Frank Dillon (one of the sitters); by descent.

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