Oil, watercolour and body colour on paper. In February 1909, on his second and last visit to Cairo, Albert Goodwin noted in his diary â€Tried to get hold of some of the blue sky as seen behind the minarets and mosques of Sultan Hussan [sic]. How illusive that blue is, how difficult to get it and avoid the look of paintâ€™. This watercolour is thought to date from Goodwinâ€™s first visit to Egypt in 1876, with his second wife, Alice Desborough. It is one of a number of works that he painted of Cairo, inspired by the cityâ€™s architecture and evening light. A larger version of this work, perhaps made in the studio on his return, was exhibited in London at the Society of Painters in Water-colours in 1877, under the title â€An Arabian Nightâ€™.