Tivoli, a view from the Villa d’Este looking across the Campagna.
Inscribed ‘Villa D’Este. Tivoli’ (lower left) and signed and dated ‘1839./Edward Lear’ (lower right).
Pencil heightened with white on grey-green paper. 6 5/8 x 13 1/8 in. (16 x 33.4 cm.).
This highly finished pencil drawing is typical of the artist’s early style. The technique and composition of such works shows the influence of James Duffield Harding with a vigorous use of soft dark lines, white chalk highlights and tinted paper.