About this artwork

Melville conveys the atmospheric clamour of a local parade led by drummers and pipers. He evokes its exotic character, underlined by the colourful clothes and hooded cloaks of the participants, with his 'blottesque' technique. The resulting blurred edges and striking accents of pure colour, from pigment applied onto wet paper, suggest a wonderful sense of movement in brilliant sunlight. The vibrant city of Tangier attracted many artists, and Melville, inspired by his friend the painter Joseph Crawhall, visited it twice in the spring of 1890 and 1893.

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  • title:
    A Moorish Procession, Tangier
  • accession number:
    D NG 947
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  • materials:
    Watercolour on paper
  • date created:
    1893
  • measurements:
    59.30 x 79.80 cm (sight); framed: 89.00 x 119.50 x 4.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1907
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Arthur Melville

Arthur Melville

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