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Edward Lear
AN EXTENSIVE VIEW OF BETHANY
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4,0006,000
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81
Edward Lear
AN EXTENSIVE VIEW OF BETHANY
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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Edward Lear
1812 - 1888
AN EXTENSIVE VIEW OF BETHANY
pen and brown ink and watercolour on paper;
inscribed with many colour notes and lower left: Bethany / 25. 27. April 1858
324mm. by 543mm., 12 3/4 in. by 21 3/8 in.
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Provenance

With Agnew's, London, by 1959;
by whom sold to Sir John Smith

Exhibited

London, Agnew's, Lear, 1959, no. 121

Catalogue Note

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).   

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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London