Edward Lear (1812-1888)
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Edward Lear (1812-1888)

View of Cairo with the Pyramids in the distance, Egypt

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Edward Lear (1812-1888)
View of Cairo with the Pyramids in the distance, Egypt
inscribed and dated 'CAIRO/Jany 1. 1849' (lower right) and numbered '20' (lower right) and further inscribed with colour notes
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour on paper
7¾ x 18 3/8 in. (19.7 x 46.7 cm.)
Provenance
with Agnew's, London, where purchased by the Uncle of the present owner.
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Lot Essay

From early in 1848, Lear was thinking about a trip to Egypt. After nine months of travelling through the eastern Mediterranean, Lear finally reached Egypt in January 1849. The visit was brief. In Cairo he met up with his friend John Cross, with whom he set out for Sinai and Palestine. They spent three nights at the monastery at Sinai, but Lear took a fever and was forced to give up the trip and convalesce at Suez.

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