Lot 196
  • 196

Edward Lear

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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  • Edward Lear
  • Ioannina (Jannena), Greece
  • Pen and brown ink with watercolour over traces of pencil;
    inscribed lower right in pen: Iwannra [sic] / Aug.. 1856 April 1857; and again in pencil: Aug 1856. Apr. 1857
  • 145 by 228 mm


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

Catalogue Note

Edward Lear travelled extensively throughout Greece in the 1850s and 1860s and his watercolours are an important visual record of a nation in a state of transition from the period of Ottoman rule to that of the country known today. This sketch, which depicts a group of mounted travellers on the plains before the northern city of Ioannina, shows a scene which had all but disappeared by the end of the nineteenth century.