Edward Lear, View of Sorrento (1839)

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Edward Lear, View of Sorrento.
Signed and dated ‘Edward Lear del./1839’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Sorrento’ (lower left)
pencil and black chalk heightened with white. 9 7/8 x 16 ½ in. (25 x 42 cm.)

Lear spent the summer of 1838 travelling through the area around the Bay of Naples with the artist Thomas Uwins (1782-1857). For much of the time they were based in the small village of Capo di Cava and from there made excursions either inland or around the Bay. There is another view of Sorrento and the Bay executed in the same careful technique and on a sheet of similar size, in Boston, Museum of Fine Arts.

Christie’s.

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