Inscribed, l.r.: EL On back, stretcher top, in ink (probably not in artist's handwriting): The Dead Sea, from Masada. Edward Lear. 1879 Top center, on stretcher, typed label: "THE DEAD SEA FROM / MASADA" / by / Edward Lear Also on back, on stretcher, printed label: Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. / Nß 29617 / LONDON, / 43, Old Bond Street, Piccadilly, W. In pencil, to l. of bottom printed label: Left of door north To r. of top typed label: of fireplace
Signed in plate, l.l.: Butterfly monogram Signed, in pencil, on tab: Butterfly monogram and imp. Inscribed in pencil, verso, u.r.: 39 Inscribed in pencil, l.l.: K2030 Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.r.: K.327 undII
Inscribed in negative, l.r. corner: "D 100 SACRED BRIDGE AT NIKKO" Verso, inscribed in graphite, u.r. corner: "6.50/k"; l.c.: "The famous Red (Lacquered) Bridge/at Nikko-only members of the Royal/Family are allowed to walk over it./Since washed away in the great floods/1902. It was thousands of years old."
This is a black and white photograph showing a bird's eye view of a desert garden. There is a circular grass area surrounded by a landscaped sandy terrain. A picnic table sits among the planted trees, flowers and bushes. In the background is a rocky hillside with groundcover vegetation.