Lot 197
  • 197

Edward Lear

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
10,000 GBP
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  • Edward Lear
  • Helicon and Lake Copais from the mountains above Kokhino on the way to Thebes, Greece
  • Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil;
    inscribed with the title and the artist's colour notes


With Spink, London;
by whom sold to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Lear drew this watercolour during his first visit to Greece in June and July 1848. Upon his arrival in Thebes he wrote to his sister, Ann, that 'its situation and the view over the vast plain to Mount Parnassus and Helicon are most surprisingly beautiful.'1

1. V. Noakes, Edward Lear, Selected Letters, Oxford 1988, p. 81