Edward Lear, Boats on the Nile.
Signed with monogram (lower left); stamped with the collector stamp of Earl Spencer (lower right). Watercolour, 9.7 x 20cm (3 13/16 x 7 7/8in).
Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer Collection, UK (Frits Lugt L.2341a).
Max Harari Collection, UK (acquired from the above).
Thence by descent.
The present lot depicts three gyassis- traditional cargo vessels- two of which are laden with straw; it closely relates to another watercolour, dated 30 December 1853, in the collection of The National Maritime Museum (PAD9111).