Edward Lear, Nemertska from Kouzza, Albania.
Dated ’15 April 1857′ l.l. and inscribed extensively. Ink and watercolour. 32.4 x 52.1 cm. (12¾ x 20½ in.)
Thence by descent.
Lady Shaw met Lear in Corfu and later acquired this watercolour in London.
Lear first visited Albania in 1848 and recorded his visit in Journals of a Landscape painter in Greece and Albania (1951). He returned in April 1857 to visit the Greek mountain region of Epirus and the villages above the River Vikos, a place he missed on his first trip.