Edward Lear, El Tainel, a view on the Lower Nile.
Dated 4 p.m. Janr. 5. 1854, numbered 38 and inscribed with colour notes. Pencil, pen and brown ink with watercolour on buff paper 9 x 35.5cm; 3½ x 14in.
Lear left Cairo after Christmas 1853 with a large party of English, some twelve boats in all. They travelled up the Nile at a leisurely pace, dropping anchor every night. They started their return journey from Philae on February 8th, 1854 (see Edward Lear, Vivian Noakes, London 1985, p.97)