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LOTS 54, 74, 177, 222-226: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Edward Lear
SUNSET AT KARNAK, EGYPT
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LOTS 54, 74, 177, 222-226: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Edward Lear
SUNSET AT KARNAK, EGYPT
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Details & Cataloguing

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Edward Lear
LONDON 1812 - 1888 SAN REMO
SUNSET AT KARNAK, EGYPT
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with white;
signed, lower right with the artist's monogram; inscribed, verso: Karnak. Thebes. Egypt
108 by 206 mm
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Provenance

Sale, London, Christie's, 12 April 1994, lot 174

Catalogue Note

The great Karnak temple complex, only a few miles from Luxur, is part of the monumental city of Thebes and sits on the banks of the Nile. The majority of the site was constructed during the eighteenth and nineteenth Dynasties (circa 1540-1225 BC), and the present drawing depicts the Temple of Amon. Lear visited Karnak on both of his excursions up the Nile, once in February 1854 and again in 1866-67. On his 1854 visit, he spent as long as ten days exploring Karnak, the ruined temples at Thebes and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The signature and finished quality to the present drawing suggests that Lear completed the work upon his return to England.

Old Master & British Works on Paper

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