Ludwig Deutsch's Morning Prayers sells for $781,500

Ludwig Deutsch's Morning Prayers headlined a sale of orientalist art at Sotheby's.

The painting realised £545,000 ($781,312) when it crossed the block on April 19.

Ludwig Deutsch Sothebys
Ludwig Deutsch's work was popular during his own liftetime

An intimate scene in a mosque, the painting features an exceptional level of detail.

Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first travelled to Egypt in 1838 and found himself fascinated with the culture of the region.

On his return to Europe he began creating highly detailed paintings from props and photographs he collected during his time there.

He was incredibly popular during his own lifetime and still maintains an enthusiastic following today.

Last year his Palace Guard sold for a record $1.4m at Sotheby's.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman's Prayer also sold well, achieving £509,000 ($729,702).

That's an increase of 324.1% on a valuation of £120,000 ($172,452).

Much like Deutsch, Bridgman made a trip to the Middle East in the 1870s that provided him with enough inspiration to establish his career.

He was born in America and enjoyed widespread popularity on both sides of the Atlantic.

This is a rare intimate work showing a man at prayer. Bridgman usually painted street scenes and ensembles and this diversion from his usual subjects clearly proved a hit with bidders.

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