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Edward Lear, Jerusalem Looking North West (1859)

15 giugno 2014

Edward Lear, Jerusalem looking North West.

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Edward Lear, Jerusalem looking North West.
Signed with monogram and dated ‘EL /1859’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Jerusalem looking North West’ (on the stretcher) and with inscription ‘Jerusalem looking North West/Painted by Edward Lear from drawings/made there in 1858 for Lord Clermont/Edward Lear 1858 9’ (on a label attached to the reverse). Oil on canvas. 18 ½ x 29 ¾ in. (47 x 75.5 cm.)

This is one of four oil paintings of Jerusalem painted in the immediate aftermath of Lear’s visit there in 1858. It has rarely been on public display. Its south-east viewpoint differs from the north-east position from which the three others were taken. These three were made for Lady Waldegrave (Christie’s, London, 29 July 1977, lot 174); Sir James Reid (Christie’s, New York, 26 January 2011, lot 61) and Bernard Husey-Hunt (Strachey, op. cit., 1907, nos. 148, 149, 152). Some years later, in 1865, a commission from Samuel…

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