Grant visited Morocco a number of times. He was there in May and June 1965 and in 1968 took a studio in Fez for two months. In 1975 he was there with Paul Roche in the house of Rex Nan Kivell, “El-Farah” in Tangier, where he was nursed by Roche through nearly terminal pneumonia. The Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famous, bustling marketplace at the heart of Marrakech was captured in paint by several artist visitors to the city, amongst them the British impressionist painter Edward Seago (see Christie’s, 17 June 2014, lot 135).
Christie's South Kensington, bt. John Constable
The Charleston Magazine, Issue 8 – Winter/Spring 1993-94, “With Duncan Grant in Tangier” by Paul Roche, reproduced in colour, page 13