Edward Lear, Premedi (1857)

Edward Lear, Premedi.
Pen, ink and watercolour. Inscribed and dated 17. April. 1857, in glazed gilt frame, 29cm x 49cm.

The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Albenga from the Railway (1880)

Edward Lear, Albenga from the Railway.
Pen, pencil and brown ink with watercolour on paper, 13×7.5cm, framed and glazed.

Provenance
Christies May 1972

The Saleroom.

“day was was sloping toward his western bower” is from the last stanza of Tennyson’s “Mariana” (1830): Lear  was probably thinking of using the picture for his Tennyson project.

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Edward Lear, Roman Catholic Cemetery at Palaiopolis (1863)

Edward Lear, Roman Catholic Cemetery at Palaiopolis, Kaligoni, Santa Maura.
Inscribed l.l.: R.C. cemetery Kaligoni; further inscribed, dated and numbered l.r.: Santa Maria 23 April 1863 5.30 pm / (68). Pen and brown ink and watercolour. 18 by 35cm., 7 by 13¾in.

Provenance
Martyn Geeff, London;
Christie’s, London, 15 November 1988, lot 178, where purchased by the family of the present owners

Exhibited
London, The British Council, no.42a.

This on-the-spot drawing shows a view on the island of Levkas which, in Lear’s day, was known as Santa Maura. The island lies in the Ionian sea, a region Lear toured in the spring of 1863.

Sotheby’s.

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Edward Lear, The Bay of Naples (1840)

Edward Lear, The Bay of Naples, Italy.
Inscribed, signed and dated l.r.: Napoli,/ Edward Lear/ 7.07.1840.- pencil heightened with white on blue paper. 17 by 24cm., 6¾ by 9½in.

Sotheby’s.

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Edward Lear, Reapers at their Sultry Toil, Monte Gennaro, Italy

Edward Lear, Reapers at their Sultry Toil, Monte Gennaro, Italy.
Inscribed ’40/and one, the reapers at their sultry toil’ (margin upper left); ‘Monte Gennaro.(Italy.)’ (margin upper right); indistinctly inscribed (margin lower left). Pencil, ink and wash. 35.6 x 54cm (14 x 21 1/4in).

The present lot would appear to be a study for one of Lear’s illustrations for Tennyson’s poem The Palace of Art.

Provenance
Private collection UK.

Bonhams.

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Edward Lear, Pentedattilo

Edward Lear, Pentedattilo, Calabria.
Signed with monogram (lower right); inscribed ‘Pentedatilo’ (lower left). Watercolour . 9.8 x 19.7cm (3 7/8 x 7 3/4in).

Provenance
Private collection UK.

Bonhams.

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Edward Lear, Zitza (1857)

Edward Lear, Zitza, Albania.
Titled and dated ‘Zitza/7.April.1857’ (lower right); variously and indistinctly annotated elsewehere. Watercolour, pencil and ink. 29.8 x 48.9cm (11 3/4 x 19 1/4in).

Provenance
Probably, anon. sale, Christie’s, London, 22 March 1988, lot. 142.
Private collection UK.

Bonhams.

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