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This pair of richly-colored paintings shows 2 scenes from The Alhambra (The Red One), a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. The Court of the Myrtles, displayed left. It is unsigned; gallery invitation is attached to the verso. The Court of the Lions is an architectural mixture of Moorish and Christian influences that has been called Nasrid style. The painting is signed lower left, dated 1912. Both paintings are oil on board, measuring 13 7/8 x 10 1/4, frame measures 16 5/8 x 13 x 1 1/4. $1850.

Emily Burling Waite (1887-1980 was known for her oil portraits and still-life paintings, and etchings. Waite’s works are in collections at the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and The Smithsonian.

The Alhambra was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition), and the palaces were partially altered to Renaissance tastes (Wikipedia).