No nonsense: $131,200 Lear art is likely to 'sail away' with the plaudits



2015-06-26 12:23:16

No nonsense: $131,200 Lear art is likely to 'sail away' with the plaudits

Holy Land artwork by The Owl and the Pussycat author will come to auction at Bonhams in July

As well as being a much-loved poet, Edward Lear (1812-1888) was also a prolific artist.

The 19th Century Paintings auction at Bonhams, London on July 13 features a topographical scene of Bethlehem which Lear completed from sketches he made while travelling in the Middle East.

Investors can get their hands on the piece for an estimated50,000-80,000.

In 1858, Lear spent three months touring Jerusalem, Petra, Bethlehem, Hebron and Lebanon, after receiving a commission from Lady Waldegrave for two works including a view of Jerusalem.

The preliminary sketches he made during his travelswere later employed in a number of oil paintings. It is believed that this work was commissioned by Leonard Rowe Valpy, a noted collector of contemporary painting.

 Lears vision of Bethlehem has a low end estimate of 50,000

"We are delighted to offer for auction this rare Lear view of Bethlehem, a place of huge religious and historical significance, and the artist's only major oil of the subject," said Charles O'Brien, the head of 19th Century Pictures at Bonhams.

A gibberish letter from Lear featuring a miniature picture of a dog sold for 2,160 at Bonhams earlier this year.

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