Edward Lear, The Dead Sea, Jordan.
Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white; signed with the artist’s monogram lower right. 177 by 375 mm.
Lear arrived in Jerusalem in March 1858, travelling on to Petra and then the Dead Sea, which he considered ‘more like a calm Italian lake than as I have heard it described’.1
1. V. Nokes, Edward Lear 1812-1888, Exhibition Catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1985, p. 111