This is an original pen drawing by Kim Curtis entitled ‘The Mistress of the Cliffhanger’ depicting a scene from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ also known as the Arabian Nights. This is a collection of Middle Eastern tales, folklore and legends including Aladdin and Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves retold by the central character, Scheherazade.
This particular scene is taken from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ and shows Scheherazade with Shahryar, the Persian King. On discovering his first wife is unfaithful, Shahryar marries a new wife each day and beheads her before the morning to avoid further betrayal.
Scheherazade, his next bride, cleverly defers her wedding and execution by telling a succession of stories over 1001 nights. The King is so intrigued that he keeps her alive and ultimately falls in love with her.
The drawing is executed in black fineliners and brush pens on hot pressed watercolour paper and presented in a glazed, wooden frame with mount. The frame is complete with fixings and picture cord ready for hanging.
Easel not included. Watermark shown does not appear on the painting. Dimensions given, below, are the outer measurements of the frame.
Dimentions 860mm x 320mm x 30mm