Edward Lear, Reapers at their Sultry Toil, Monte Gennaro, Italy

Edward Lear, Reapers at their Sultry Toil, Monte Gennaro, Italy.
Inscribed ’40/and one, the reapers at their sultry toil’ (margin upper left); ‘Monte Gennaro.(Italy.)’ (margin upper right); indistinctly inscribed (margin lower left). Pencil, ink and wash. 35.6 x 54cm (14 x 21 1/4in).

The present lot would appear to be a study for one of Lear’s illustrations for Tennyson’s poem The Palace of Art.

Provenance
Private collection UK.

Bonhams.

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