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Oil Painting - The Doubtful Coin

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1891P28
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1869 - 1869

Maker Information

Artist:John Frederick Lewis - View biography for John Frederick Lewis


This painting has been recently titled 'The Seraff: The Doubtful Coin'. The scene shows women as traders in the marketplace. They appeal to a seraff - a banker or money lender- for a judgement. The issue of fake coinery was a real concern in Cairo at this time.

Purchased from Thomas Agnew and Son Ltd., London, 1891.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on panel.


Height:749 mm
Width:873 mm