Fri, September 14, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
John Frederick Lewis (1805-76), a British painter, lived in Cairo from 1841 to 1851. His painting, 'An Intercepted Correspondence', however, was executed in 1869, eighteen years after he had returned to England. The painting is an excellent example of the Orientalist genre. But it is also much more. Its various layers-the narrative, the interpretive, and the hidden or personal-will be the subject of the lecture.Caroline Williams has been under Egypt's spell since 1962, when a visit to Cairo led to graduate studies in Middle East history at Harvard University and Islamic art and architecture at the American University in Cairo. Her publications and research interests range from The Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide (now in its 5th edition) to articles on the European artists and photographers who discovered Egypt in the nineteenth century. Most recently she has begun a study of contemporary Egyptian painters.