Edward Lear, Assiut on the Nile

Edward Lear, Assiut on the Nile, Egypt.
Pen and brown ink and watercolour; inscribed with artist’s colour notes, unframed. 138 by 312 mm.

Sale, London, Bonham’s, 8 June 2004, lot 58; with James Mackinnon.

Having initially travelled to Egypt in 1849, Lear conducted two further trips to that country, firstly during the winter of 1853-4 and then again between December and March of 1866-7. On both of these later trips he explored the great river Nile.
The town of Assiut is on the western shore of the Nile, approximately half way between Cairo and Luxor


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