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Edward Lear

Castel Lagopesole, Southern Italy

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

Castel Lagopesole, Southern Italy

Castel Lagopesole, Southern Italy

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Edward Lear

London 1812 - 1888 San Remo

Castel Lagopesole, Southern Italy 


Pen and brown ink and watercolour;

signed lower right: Edward Lear. del. / 30. Sept. 1847, inscribed lower left: Castello do Lago Pesole. 

165 by 282 mm

The colours have remains strong and flesh in this watercolour. In a raking light four vertical lines and one horizontal line can just be seen: two at the extreme left and two at the extreme right and the single line at the extreme lower edge. Overall the work is very well preserved and presented. The sheet is not laid down.


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This finely preserved work was executed on the 30 September 1847, towards the end of Lear’s six week journey around Calabria in Southern Italy.


Painting with purples, ochers and greens, Lear depicts the expansive landscape towards the end of the day. Castel Lagopesole, a hunting lodge of Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) stands proudly atop the near hill, while in the distance - swathed in mauve - Monte Voltore looms up out of the plain.