Edward Lear, Lago di Scanno (1844)

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Edward Lear, Lago di Scanno, 1844.

Black chalk, grey wash, heightened with white, on light blue grey paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Lago di Scanno lower left. 15 x 24 cm. (6 x 9 1/2 in).

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

Engraved:
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 22.

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, L’Abbazia di Santo Spirito (1844)

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Edward Lear, L’Abbazia di Santo Spirito, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, wash, heightened with white, on light grey paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed [sic] Abaddia di S. Spirito lower left. 8.5 x 15.5 cm. (3 1/4 x 6 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, vignette no. 9, p. 30 (engraved by J. Whimper).

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, Trasacco (1844)

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Edward Lear, Trasacco, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower left, inscribed Trasacco lower right. 13.5 x 22 cm. (5 1/4 x 8 3/4 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 6

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, Pizzoferrato (1844)

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Edward Lear, Pizzoferrato, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Pizzoferrato lower left. 14 x 26.5 cm. (5 1/2 x 10 1/2 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 26

“It is a most romantic village, at the foot of an isolated rock crowned by a convent; nothing can be wilder or less interesting that the treeless country immediately around this place, nor more superb than the endless view over ridges of purple hills crowned by little towns, forming as it were, a continuous plain down to the shores of the Adriatic.” [op. cit., 1846, p. 99].

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, Stretti di San Luigi (1844)

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Edward Lear, Stretti di San Luigi, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, wash, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower left, inscribed Stretti di San Luigi lower right. 16.5 x 10 cm. (6 1/2 x 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, vignette no. 23, p.91

” … the Stretti di San Luigi, is of fearful height and narrowness, and except in summer weather is totally impassable. Eagles and ravens abound throughout the whole of this terrific gorge, whose aspect chills the mind, as much as the cold wind sweeping through it does the body.” [op. cit. , 1846, p. 91]

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, Civita d’Antino (1844)

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Edward Lear, Civita d’Antino, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, heightened with white, on light blue paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Civita d’Antino lower left. 16.5 x 28.5 cm. (6 1/2 x 11 1/4 in).

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

Engraved:
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 20

“Civita d’Antonio, a wild and scattered place, has a poetical and sullen grandeur in its aspect, as if it were altogether out of the world of life: no other dwellings are in sight and its own bear the stamp of desolate and melancholy antiquity.” [op. cit., 1846, p.74]

Bloomsbury.

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The Natural History of Edward Lear

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Robert Peck’s book on Edward Lear’s career as a zoological illustrator is out; I thought it would be in large part a reprint of his essay in the Harvard Library Bulletin enhanced with reproduction, but it is actually a different, greatly expanded essay, which examines the whole of Lear’s early years and his relationships with several of the most important naturalists of the age. It is a must read book containing quite a lot of new information on Edward Lear.

For more read this review from the Washington Post, which highly recommends the book.

Amazon USA, Amazon UK.

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