Edward Lear, Albe (1844)

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Edward Lear, Albe, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, grey wash, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Albe lower left. 14 x 26 cm. (5 1/2 x 10 1/4 in), corners trimmed.

Provenance:
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Engraved:
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 17

“Two afternoons I devoted to visiting Alba, the ancient Alba Fucinensia, which stands on a double hill, about two miles only from Magliano, though the walk thither across the plain, covered with stones, is as fatiguing as treble the distance on a decent road”. [op.cit., 1846, p. 70]

Bloomsbury.

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