Edward Lear, A view of Cannes
Signed with monogram and dated ‘1882’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Cannes’ (lower left). Watercolour and gum arabic. 16.5 x 26cm (6 1/2 x 10 1/4in).
Sold together with a letter from the artist.
The present lot is sold together with a letter written by Lear from his Villa in San Remo and dated 8 November 1883. The letter is headed Villa Tennyson, named after Lear’s dear friend Emily Tennyson, the wife of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The letter is addressed to the Rev. Carus Selwyn, Headmaster of Liverpool College and a good friend. In it Lear congratulates Rev. Selwyn on his recent engagement commenting that ‘she must be a thundering nice girl’. Lear concludes his letter in a typically nonsensical and lyrical tone ‘I must stop, as the old watch said when the Beetle got inside its wheels[…]/Yours affectionately/Edward Lear’
Lear visited Cannes on a number of occasions from where he made expeditions into the hills; he and his servant Giorgio would leave Cannes early in the morning, and he would spend the day drawing and taking notes. The present lot is a beautiful example of Lear’s powers not just as a watercolourist and draughtsman but also his ability to convey the sweeping grandeur and brilliant colours of the Mediterranean landscape.
Edward Lear, A view of Monte Libro-Aperto, near Abetone, Italy.
Inscribed ‘9.30-10. AM/Abetone 20 August 1883′ (lower right), further inscribed ‘Monte Libro-aperto/1900 metres/over 6000 feet’ (lower left), some further colour notes. Pen, ink and watercolour. 32.5 x 50.5cm (12 13/16 x 19 7/8in).
Edward Lear, Lago d’Iséo, Lombardy, Italy.
Inscribed with the title (lower left), numbered ‘151’ (lower right) and bears the John Peter Cochrance collection stamp (on the mount inside, lower left). Brown ink and watercolour. 16.5 x 22.8cm (6 1/2 x 9in).
Following an extensive trip to the Holy Land in 1867 Lear headed to Lombardy in Northern Italy and spent a month travelling through the Italian lakes. This small study most likely dates from the end of May 1867.
Bonhams (where it is mistitled “Lago d’Isles”).
George C. Chappelle, “‘Twas Ever Thus.” Sculpture by Gilbert White. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 6, September 1905, p. 773.
Peter Newell, “The Educated Love Bird.” The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 6, September 1905, p. 715.
Carolyn Wells, “The Troubled Whale.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 5, August 1905, p. 545.
Carolyn Wells, “The Proud Eel.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 4, July 1905, p. 512.