With Agnew's, London, by 1959; by whom sold to Sir John Smith
London, Agnew's, Lear, 1959, no. 121
Bethany lay on the slopes of the Mount of Olives just to the west of Jerusalem. It is said to be the Bibical site of the Tomb of Lazarus and is now the village of Al-Azariyek. Lear travelled to the Holy Land in 1858, under the patronage of Lady Waldegrave. He arrived in Jerusalem on 27 March and soon began to explore its environs. He wrote of Bethany that it was as 'lovely now as it ever must have been, quiet, still little nook of valley scenery'. Lear executed a number of drawings of this subject and he painted an oil painting, from this view-point, in circa 1879 (see London, Christie's, 14 December 2017, lot 63).