Studies of various Egyptian craft
This watercolour-view by Edward Lear was taken in the afternoon on 3 January 1867 during the artist's third visit to Egypt. It shows the banks of the Nile with palm trees and buildings. On the river in the foreground sail two traditional Egyptian cargo vessels, one of which seems to be a dahabeeyah. By the time of his third visit to Egypt, Lear had established his individual style, which, despite its sense of detailed observation, mostly emphasizes sensitive colouring and rather swooping pencil lines. Lear tended to scribble notes onto the image clearly marking them as sketches, including descriptive comments on staffage figures or vegetation, but also on colour hues. In this view Lear does specify the location as 'Abou Ajees' and notes that the rippling waters are of a 'very dirty ochre brown-grey'. The scene appears to be seen from aboard ship while travelling with both vessels sailing to the left.
Original size: 230 mm x 155 mm
- Image reference: PU9108
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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