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Egypt in the Paintings of Count Iván Forray
Lubica Hudaková (née Zelenková)
published in the Crossroads of Egyptology [containing the Papers of the Egypt and Austria VI Conference], p. 115-125
Count Ivan Forray was born on the 17th of April 1817 in Soborsin (Săvârşin) in today`s Romania, which in those days was part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. As a young man he spent a significant part of his life traveling across Europe and he reached even as far as Egypt. This paper will focuse on his journey to Egypt in 1842 as represented by himself in his imposing but almost unknown travel book Utazási Album Soborsini gróf Forray Iván eredeti rajzai és jegyzetei szerint. Olaszország. - Malta. - Egyiptom. It was published due to his mother Júlia Brunswik in 1859, seven years after his premature death on 27th of June 1852 (Vienna). The travel book represents his journey to Italy, Malta and Egypt and is based on a set of wonderful color paintings made by the author. Their guality allows us to compare him with Karl Ludwig Libay, a well-known hungarian artist, who similarly visited Egypt and published his Reisebilder aus dem Orient in the middle of the 19th century.