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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT BRITISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Edward Lear
THE BINGEMMA VALLEY, MALTA
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT BRITISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Edward Lear
THE BINGEMMA VALLEY, MALTA
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & British Drawings

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Edward Lear
LONDON 1812 - 1888 SAN REMO
THE BINGEMMA VALLEY, MALTA
Watercolour heightened with bodycolour;
signed with the artist's monogram lower left
102 by 202 mm
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Provenance

With The Fine Art Society, 1988

Exhibited

London, The Fine Art Society, A Centenary Exhibition, 1988

Catalogue Note

In this watercolour Edward Lear looks north into the wooded valley of Bingemma, which is located in north-western Malta. Beyond, sunlit plains stretch away to the Mediterranean Sea, while to the left the 17th Century Kappella Bingemma stands precariously on its rocky out-crop. Dotted throughout the cliffs, are a series of enigmatic caves which are thought to have been dug out in pre-historic Phoenician times for the storage of food and materials.

Lear first visited Malta in 1848 and between then and 1866 he returned a further five times. He certainly explored the landscape of the present watercolour in 1854, as a drawing of the chapel and the surrounding valley survives in a private collection.

Old Master & British Drawings

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