Lot 189
  • 189

Edward Lear

1,500 - 2,000 GBP
3,750 GBP
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  • 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


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

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