Edward Lear, Luxor (1854)


Edward Lear, Luxor.
Extensively inscribed throughout; inscribed, dated and numbered ‘Luxor 17 Feby 1854/ 6/2 PM/ 217’ (lower right); inscribed ‘No. 6 single’ (verso). Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour. 24.8 x 45.8cm (9 3/4 x 18 1/16in)

“On February 8th he began on the return journey [from Aswan], and a week later the boat reached Luxor. Here he spent another ten days exploring Karnak and the ruined temples and Thebes and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings: it was all more magnificent than Philae, but not so drawable.” (Noakes 1968, p.124)


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