— On this date on April 2, 1899, the Daily Mail and Empire reported that the “well-known French Painter, Aime Nicholas Morot, who has just returned to France from Abyssinia tells a pitiful tale of the manner in which he was treated by the Abyssinians and of his disappointment over the loss of French prestige.
It adds: “He says a very wrong idea obtains in France regarding the influence enjoyed by Frenchmen in Abyssinia. He claims Frenchmen are contemptously looked down upon and are regarded as less than nothing, while the British on the contrary, are feared and respected.
He concludes:–From what I have seen, I am persuaded the English will soon become masters of Abyssinin, just as they have of Egypt. This is inevitable.”
(Reclining Lions: a Pair by French artist Aime-Nicolas Morot(1850-1913) Morot returned from Abyssinia disappointed to see an ill impression of the French by this Abyssinians .
This painting—which is unconfirmed but possibly done in Ethiopia—fetched $230,500 in November 1997 at Christie’s Auction House in London. )