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Edward Lear

The Gorge at Suk Wady Barada, Lebanon

Estimate:

14,000 to - 18,000 GBP

Property of a Gentleman

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

The Gorge at Suk Wady Barada, Lebanon

The Gorge at Suk Wady Barada, Lebanon

Estimate:

14,000 to - 18,000 GBP

Lot sold:

17,640

GBP

Property of a Gentleman

Edward Lear

London 1812 - 1888 San Remo

The Gorge at Suk Wady Barada, Lebanon


Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil, on grey paper;

inscribed, lower right: Suk Wady Barada / 25 May 1858 / (215), and further inscribed with colour notes

365 by 525 mm

The present work has been carefully presented. The pen and brown ink has remained in fresh condition, however some of the watercolour pigments have faded. Within parts of the sky, there has been some restoration and it appears that the colours in the upper right hand corner of the composition have been strengthened. The sheet has been laid down.


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Sir Wyndham Dunstan (1861-1949);
John, Lord D'Ayton (1922-2003);
thence by descent to the present owners
London, Agnew's, 100th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, 1973, no. 155;
London, Sotheby's, Edward Lear, An Exhibition of Works by Edward Lear from the D'Ayton International Collection, assembled by John D'Ayton, 2004, no. 16
On 23rd May 1858, whilst spending time at Baalbek during his tour of the interior of Lebanon, Lear visited the gorge at Suk Wady Barada and made the present drawing. At the end of the month he left Baalbek and travelled to Damascus. The journey took only a day and, in a letter to his friend Lady Waldegrave, he expressed regret at not being able to spend longer over it: 'The day's journey thence half way over Anti Lebanon, and the following journey down hither would be of great interest could more time be spent on the way'.1 He spent only a few days in Damascus, delighting in the 'glittering city',2 before leaving for Corfu.

1. V. Noakes, Edward Lear Selected Letters, Oxford 1988, p. 159
2. V. Noakes, Edward Lear Selected Letters, Oxford 1988, p. 159