In early December 1866, Lear left England for his third visit to Egypt. He had once described the Nile as a “magnificent river”, and had found himself astonished by the colours, so it is unsurprising that his second trip to Egypt involved another excursion up the Nile. This time, he planned to travel up the Nile through the Nubian desert to the second cataract, yet on arriving in Cairo he discovered that it would cost him £400 to do so. Desperate to take the boat, Lear wrote to his friends asking for a loan, on the assurance that the borrowed money would be repaid once he had returned to England. He succeeded in raising the necessary funds and set off, stopping at Luxor where a cousin, Archie Jones, joined him for the excursion. Mansheeh, illustrated in the present drawing, lies between Cairo and Luxor, and is the site of a Hellenistic town. Lear depicts here the edge of the Nile with boats in the foreground, and buildings in the distance.