Lot 117
  • 117

Edward Lear

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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Description

  • Edward Lear
  • A view of the Roman campagna with travellers passing a ruined brick tomb, an aqueduct in the distance
  • signed and dated lower left: E. Lear/ 1841
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945), Crewe Hall, Cheshire and later Crewe House, Curzon Street, London from circa 1901;
Thence by descent.

Literature

Crewe House, London, Inventory, vol. 2, 1914, p.89, Corridor from Entrance Hall to Staircase;
Manuscript Catalogue of Pictures at West Horsley, n.d., vol. 3, p. 68.

Condition

The canvas is unlined. The paint surface is stable and the varnish is even but a little dirty and discoloured. There is a line of paint loss in the lower right corner, measuring approx. 5cm. There are also two pinprick losses in the sky above the figures. The paint surface has lifted slightly, lower left. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some retouching in this area to infill the effect of the craquelure. There are also minor strengthenings in the sky, upper left, and in the shadows cast by the travellers. In fair overall condition.
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