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View of Beirut

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Edward Lear made his only visit to Lebanon in May 1858, after spending two months in Palestine. He arrived in Beirut on 13 May and responded strongly to the beauty of the landscape in a letter to his sister Ann:

'This place is quite different from anything in southern Palestine - and reminds me more of Naples by its numerous villas and gardens, and the civil and gay people. I was only looking about me yesterday, but today I shall make a drawing of Mt Lebanon, and the Bay and town - which are really lovely as a whole.'

From the drawings he made on the spot, Lear later produced several oil paintings of Beirut, showing the city from different viewpoints.

Government Art Collection



View of Beirut




oil on canvas


H 45.3 x W 69.3 cm

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purchased from the Leger Galleries, 1953

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