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View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

English, 1812–1888

View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

Ink, watercolor, and crayon on thick brown paper

29.5 x 46.2 cm

Gift of Rudolf G. Sonneborn, New York, through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation

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Arts/Prints & Drawings

Edward Lear, who described himself as a “Painter of Poetical Topography,” spent most of his life traveling and painting landscapes. He lived in Rome, Corfu, Cannes, and San Remo and traveled in Italy, Sicily, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Egypt, India, Ceylon, and Palestine. Lear made two trips to Jerusalem, once in 1858 - when he made this watercolor - and again in 1867. His works are Orientalist in style, characterized by a vision of Oriental scenes and motifs reflecting Western fantasies about the exotic and the other.

Though he aimed at exact naturalistic representation in his paintings, in his drawings Lear allowed himself greater freedom. He started by sketching rapidly a first outline in pencil before adding contours in pen and wash, at times using photographs of the sites he was portraying.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Perry-Lehmann, Meira, One Hundred Works on Paper: From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1986, English / Hebrew


One Hundred Works on Paper from the Collection of the Israel Museum, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/06/1986 - 30/08/1986

Back to Nature, Landscapes Drawn by Masters, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 02/06/2013 - 06/10/2013