With Spink, London; by whom sold to the present owner
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
The medium is well preserved in this work. The paper has darkened a little with time. The sheet is not laid down. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."