Edward Lear, Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi.
Signed ‘E.Le’ (lower right) and inscribed and dated ‘Tuglukubad.Delhi/March 12 1874’ (lower left). Watercolour over traces of pencil. 11 x 22cm (4 5/16 x 8 11/16in).
Lear went on a sketching trip to India in 1873-74 at the invitation of his friend, Lord Northbrook, then Viceroy. Lear stayed for 10 days in Delhi and described how he passed his time ‘..making Delhineations of the Dehlicate architecture as is all impressed on my mind as inDehlibly as the Dehliterious quality of the water of that city’ (The Later Letters of Edward Lear, ed. Lady Strachey, London, 1911, p. 171).