The Coffee Bearer

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Full figure depiction of a female servant who is walking through the shadows of an arched entranceway. She is dressed in an exotic style, and the scenery behind her is Egyptian-looking, but her skin is pale and her features Western. She carries a tray on which is set two small cups and two small inverted glasses. Her dark hair is partly covered with a turban headdress which hangs darkly behind her head, framing her pale neck. She is dressed in richly exotic garments, patterned and worn in a layered and loose style tied at the waist with a wide sash, and ornamented with a necklace. Over these robes she wears a short navy jacket with gold leaf-pattern embroidery and gold trim. She stands with one foot placed on a step that leads out from the darkness of the entranceway into a sunlit foreground with a coloured mosaic tiled floor; the open door to the left is decorated with panels carved into geometric relief designs.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Coffee Bearer




oil on panel


H 30.4 x W 19 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1976

Work type


Inscription description

Signed (in monogram) and dated at bottom right: JFL / 1857


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