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    Sale 7635

    British Art on Paper

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 53

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)

    Feluccas on a stretch of the Nile between Manfalut and Assiut, Egypt

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    Edward Lear (1812-1888)
    Feluccas on a stretch of the Nile between Manfalut and Assiut, Egypt
    inscribed, dated and numbered 'Jany. 9. 1854/Benimhammed el Confour/between Manfaloot & Es-sioot./3/2 P.M./47.' (lower right) and futher inscribed with colour notes (lower left)
    pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour
    3¼ x 9 in. (8.2 x 23 cm.)


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    In December 1953 Lear reached Egypt on the S.S. Indus, landing in Cairo and making his way up the Nile at a leisurely pace with a group that he had met just after his arrival in the country. The letters that he sent to his sister at the time demonstrate how delighted he had become by the 'magnificent river' paying particular attention to the 'most beautiful feature...the number of boats, which look like gigantic moths' (V. Noakes, The Painter Edward Lear, London, 1991, p. 65).

    For two other examples of Lear's work in Egypt see lots 48 and 49.

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    Provenance

    with Anthony Reed, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN