Edward Lear (British, 1812-1888) Petra, Jordan
Lot 138
Edward Lear (British, 1812-1888) Petra, Jordan
Sold for £5,400 (US$ 9,076) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Edward Lear (British, 1812-1888)
Petra, Jordan
inscribed and dated 'Petra 13 April 1858' (lower left); also inscribed with colour notes
pen and ink and watercolour
34 x 25cm (13 3/8 x 9 13/16in).


  • The present lot was completed on the artist's first day in Petra, a city which made an immediate impression on him:

    "It is absurd to attempt to describe this place, which is one of the great marvels of the world. I had expected a great deal, but was overwhelmed with extra surprise & admiration at the truly beautiful & astonishing scenes. The whole valley is a great ruin - temples - foundations - arches - palaces - in inconceivable quantity & confusion; & on two sides of the valley are great cliffs, all cut into millions of tombs - magnificent temples with pillars,- theatres etc. so that the whole place is like magic; & when I add that every crevice is full of Oleander & white Broom, & alive with doves, gazelles & partridges - you may suppose my delight was great. All the cliffs are a wonderful colour - like ham in stripes; & parts are salmon colour." (the artist's letter to his sister Ann, 23 April 1858)
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