Lot 222
  • 222

Edward Lear

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Edward Lear
  • View of Mount Athos, Greece
  • oil on board


Given by the artist to Canon C.M. Church;
With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London;
From whom purchased in 1965 by a private collector;
By whom given to the present owner in 1968.

Catalogue Note

Edward Lear made his first tour of Greece between September and November 1848. Following a brief sojourn in Egypt he returned again in April 1849 for a further two months. However, the obvious painterly appeal of Greece hastened his return and between 1855 and 1857 he based himself in Corfu during the winter, visiting Greece, London and the Holy Land in the summer. Whilst travelling, Lear produced large quantities of coloured wash drawings to be worked up into watercolour and oil back in his studio.

A watercolour of this composition by the artist, signed and dated 1857, is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (acc. no. 950), and dates the present work as one of his last views of Greece.