With Spink's, London; John, Lord D'Ayton (1922-2003); thence by decent to the present owners
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
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
1. V. Noakes, Edward Lear, Selected Letters, 1988, p. 59
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.
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