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Edward Lear
THE AMPHITHEATRE, TAORMINA, SICILY
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
189
Edward Lear
THE AMPHITHEATRE, TAORMINA, SICILY
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & British Drawings including French Masterworks from the Dormeuil Collection

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Edward Lear
LONDON 1812 - 1888 SAN REMO
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
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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

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

Old Master & British Drawings including French Masterworks from the Dormeuil Collection

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London