In December 1866 Lear wrote to Lady Waldegrave that he had made up his mind to go for Nile and Palestine move.' (Letter to Lady Waldegrave, 11 December 1899). His intention was to travel along the upper Nile, which he had not reached on his previous three visits to Egypt in 1848, 1853 and 1854. Lear hoped to publish his Nile tour as one of the series of his 'Journals of a Landscape Painter', the others being Crete and the Nile (1854), however none of the three projected volumes was published.
At 10 pm on 10 February 1867 Lear made a sketch at Ibreem and again at 6.30 on the 11 February before moving onto Amada the next day (see S. Wilcox, Edward Lear and the Art of Travel, exh. cat., Yale Center for British Art, 20 September 2000 - 14 January 2001, p. 97-8, nos. 98-101).