Edward Lear, Helicon and Lake Capais from the Moutains above Kokhino on the Way to Thebes.
Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil. Inscribed with the title and the artist’s colour notes.
Lear drew this watercolour during his first visit to Greece in June and July 1848. Upon his arrival in Thebes he wrote to his sister, Ann, that ‘its situation and the view over the vast plain to Mount Parnassus and Helicon are most surprisingly beautiful.’1
1. V. Noakes, Edward Lear, Selected Letters, Oxford 1988, p. 81