24 November 1998
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Near Ballas, Egypt
inscribed 'Near Ballas. January 20 1854' and further inscribed in Arabic (lower left) and numbered '101' (lower right)
pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
2¾ x 6 in. (7 x 15 cm.)
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1854 saw Lear's second trip to Egypt in the company of William Holman Hunt, R.W.S. (1827-1910). Lear arrived in Cairo in December 1853 and set off up the Nile immediately after Christmas.
Ballas is between Qena and Qus, just north of Luxor.
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