An Interesting Game
Everything in this scene—the clothing, architecture, and physical types of the people—suggests that Frederick Arthur Bridgman was presenting a slice of reality witnessed by him on his many trips to North Africa. In actuality, the painting was executed in Bridgman's Paris studio, which even had the lattice window and lounge shown here. Orientalism—the taste for Near Eastern subjects—was strong in the late nineteenth century, especially in the United States, where this painting was exhibited in 1881 and acquired by the noted Brooklyn art collector George I. Seney in 1882.
- Artist: Frederick Arthur Bridgman, American, 1847-1928
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1881
- Dimensions: 37 3/16 x 57 11/16 in. (94.4 x 146.6 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed upper right: "F. A. Bridgman / 1881"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 08.220
- Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt in memory of Mrs. Charles Pratt
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928). An Interesting Game, 1881. Oil on canvas, 37 3/16 x 57 11/16 in. (94.4 x 146.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George D. Pratt in memory of Mrs. Charles Pratt, 08.220
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)