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Lot 189
  • 189

Edward Lear

Estimate
1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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Description

  • Edward Lear
  • The Amphitheatre, Taormina, Sicily
  • Pencil and grey wash, heightened with white, on grey paper;
    inscribed lower left: Taormina; signed lower right: Edward Lear del.1842
  • 165 by 250 mm

Provenance

With Spink's, London;
John, Lord D'Ayton (1922-2003);
thence by decent to the present owners

Exhibited

London, Sotheby's, Edward Lear, An Exhibition of Works by Edward Lear from the D'Ayton International Collection, assembled by John D'Ayton, 2004, no. 5

Condition

This drawing is in good condition. The sheet is open mounted with no apparent tears or damages. There is a very slight stain near the left hand edge visible on close inspection but the pencil is strong and there is no evidence of foxing.The work has not been laid down but is heavily attached to a backboard. For further information on this lot please contact Mark Griffith-Jones on 0207 293 5083 or mark.griffithjones@sothebys.com.
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Catalogue Note

Lear spent ten weeks exploring Sicily in the spring of 1842. On the 5th June he wrote to his patron, Edward, 13th Earl of Derby (1775-1851) that 'Taormina was our next halting place...This city is very interesting for its containing the most perfect remains of a Greek theatre now extant. It looks towards Etna and the view thence – looking down nearly all the east and S[outh] East coast of Sicily...[It] is truly astonishing.'

1.  V. Noakes, Edward Lear, Selected Letters, 1988, p. 59
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