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

Edward Lear
KASR-ES-SAAD, EGYPT
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LOTS 54, 74, 177, 222-226: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Edward Lear
KASR-ES-SAAD, EGYPT
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & British Works on Paper

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Edward Lear
LONDON 1812 - 1888 SAN REMO
KASR-ES-SAAD, EGYPT
Pen and brown ink and watercolour;
inscribed, lower right: Kasr es Saad / 93; and dated, lower left: 18 January 7 1/4 AM
67 by 152 mm
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Provenance

With Davis & Long Company, New York;
Mrs Walker O. Cain,
her sale, London, Christie's, 12 November 1996, lot 99

Catalogue Note

Lear left England for Egypt in December 1853 and, just after Christmas, he joined a party travelling up the Nile. It was on this visit that he came across Kasr-es-Saad, which he described in a letter to his sister Ann as 'one of the most beautiful places I ever saw.' On the banks of the Nile, the rocks of Kasr-es-Saad rise dramatically up, and it was the sight of this that prompted Lear to claim to Ann that 'I am quite bewildered when I think how little people talk of the scenery of the Nile … Imagine immense cliffs, quite perpendicular about as high as St. Paul’s & of yellow stone - rising from the most exquisite meadows all along the river!' The scene evidently captured Lear’s imagination, as he revisited the subject on numerous occasions, creating oils such as The Rocks at Kasr-es-Saad, Egypt (circa 1858).1

1. San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Old Master & British Works on Paper

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