Moorish Gate, Granada

Stephen Ferris’s watercolor view Justicia, Granada shows the Alhambra’s Gate of Justice (Puerta de la Justicia) painted during the artist’s 1881 visit to Spain. In a letter to Sylvester R. Koehler, later Curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian, Ferris, deeply moved by his experiences, observed: “‘See the Alhambra and die’ seems a very appropriate expression. I feel it and have more reverence for the Arabs [sic] art than any other school.”
Today the Gate of Justice is the main entrance to the Alhambra complex, which was completed by the Moors in the fourteenth century. The Spanish, who defeated the Moors in 1492, made later additions.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
date made
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
watercolor (part material)
graphite (part material)
sheet: 35 cm x 25 cm; 13 3/4 in x 9 13/16 in
place presumably made
España: Andalucía, Granada
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Ferris Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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