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Edward Lear

The Pyramids Road, Gizeh

VAT reduced rate

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 1,000,000 GBP

Property from a Distinguished American Collection

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

The Pyramids Road, Gizeh

The Pyramids Road, Gizeh

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 1,000,000 GBP

Lot sold:

801,500

GBP

Property from a Distinguished American Collection

Edward Lear

British

1812 - 1888

The Pyramids Road, Gizeh


signed with monogram and dated 1873 lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 53 by 104cm., 21 by 41in.

Framed: 71 by 121.5cm., 28 by 47¾in.

This condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd. The canvas has been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher with one central vertical cross member. The painting would appear to have been lined in order to treat an overall pattern of raised craquelure which is characteristic of the artist. The raised craquelure pattern appears stable at present. The tacking and turnover edges are covered with brown paper gum tape. The paint surface has an even glossy varnish layer. There are very minor abrasions within the varnish layers at the extreme edges, most notably the lower edge. These would appear to pertain to the rebate of the frame. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a discoloured and degraded varnish layer covering the foliage and passages of the foreground. The painting would appear to have been selectively cleaned in the past, most notably the sky, the floodplain and the Pyramids. Inspection under ultraviolet light also shows very minor retouchings on the extreme edges, most notably the left and right edges, a few fine lines of retouching corresponding to craquelure within the floodplain in the lower left, a number of tiny spots within the sky around the Pyramids and two slightly larger retouchings at the horizon to the right of the Pyramids. It should be noted that these retouchings are all of minimal size. The painting would therefore appear to be in good condition.


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Commissioned by Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl Northbrook before 1872; thence to Nina, Countess Northbrook (sale: Christie's, London, 5 October 1951, lot 129 bought 'Spencer')
The Fine Art Society, London
Private collection, UK (purchased from the above; sale: Sotheby's, London, 8 June 1993, lot 4)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Lady Strachey (ed.), Letters of Edward Lear, 1907, p. 318, nos. 272 or 273
Briony Llewellyn, entry in Edward Lear, 1812-88, catalogue for the exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, 1985, p. 154, illustrated p. 39
Gerard-Georges Lemaire, Orientalism: The Orient in Western Art, Paris, 2000, p. 135, mentioned
Nicholas Tromans (ed.), The Lure of the East catalogue for the exhibition at Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, Tate Britain in London, Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Prera Museum in Istanbul and Sharjah Art Museum, 2008-2009, illustrated p. 106, fig. 88
London, The Fine Art Society, The Travels of Edward Lear, 1983, no. 80
London, Royal Academy, The Orientalists - Delacroix to Matisse. European Painters in North Africa and the Near East, 1984, no. 85
Washington, National Gallery of Art, The Orientalists - Delacroix to Matisse. The Allure of North Africa and the Near East, 1984, no. 63
London, Royal Academy, Edward Lear, 1812-88, 1985, no. 61
Edinburgh, The Fine Art Society, 1988
Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Visions of the Ottoman Empire, 1994
Washington, National Gallery of Art, The Victorians: British Painting in the Reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, 1997, no. 44