John Dobbin, Lions in the Alhambra

John Dobbin, Lions in the Alhambra

John Dobbin
Lions in the Alhambra
Watercolour
From a sketch made in 1859
Museum no. 1674-1871

This painting by John Dobbin presents a very different view of the Alhambra compared with previous objects in this talk. By utilising a topographical approach, showing men lounging in the shadows of the Court of Lions arches, Dobbin exerts a more romantic patina over the image – creating a more subjective and atmospheric impression of what life was like living and conversing in the courtyards and gardens of the Alhambra.