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Watercolour - Temple at Derr, Nubia, Egypt
  • Temple at Derr, Nubia, Egypt
    Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888
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Temple at Derr, Nubia, Egypt

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    North Africa (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1867 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink over pencil, and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 86, shelf SC, box 23

Physical description

Watercolour drawing of the Temple of Derr in Nubia (now Egypt/Sudan).

Place of Origin

North Africa (probably, painted)


1867 (painted)


Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink over pencil, and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title and date 4PM. 11 Feby 1867 and notes, and numbered (416)


Height: 34.4 cm, Width: 50.5 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - Bt. at Christie's 18.11.80 (199), £950, via the Fine Art Society.' At some point [1950s?] in the possession of Garick Fine Arts, 1811 Pine Street. Philadelphia PA.

Historical context note

In January and February 1867, Lear travelled up the Nile to the Second Cataract, visiting Derr on the return journey: see RA, 1985 (27) and Lady Strachey, ed., Later Letters of Edward Lear, 1911, p.83. For further drawings from this trip, see Christie's sale catalogue
19.11.85 (65-9) and Searight Archive. The construction of Lake Nasser necessitated the removal of the rock-cut temple of Derr to Amadah.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, 'Temple at Derr, Nubia, Egypt', 1867, by Edward Lear

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.44, pl.33
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012
Conner, Patrick (ed). The Inspiration of Egypt : its influence on British artists, travellers, and designers, 1700-1900 . Brighton Borough Council, Brighton, 1983
The Travels of Edward Lear, Fine Arts Society, London, 1983
Treasures for the Nation : Conserving our Heritage. London, British Museum Publications, 1988




Watercolour drawing


Paintings; Topographical watercolours


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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