• Victorian and British Impressi auction at Christies

    Sale 5615

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures

    17 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 67

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)

    Cefalù, Sicily

    Price Realised  


    Edward Lear (1812-1888)
    Cefalù, Sicily
    inscribed, dated and numbered 'Cefalu. 8 July. 1847. 230A' (lower right), and further inscribed and dated '8. July/1847./Cefalu' (lower left) and further inscribed with colour notes
    pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour
    9½ x 18 in. (24.2 x 45.8 cm.)

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    Lear travelled to Sicily in the company of John Joshua Proby (1780-1855), subsequently 2nd Earl of Carysfort, between May and July 1847, recording the places that they visited both in his sketchbook and in his diary. He wrote in a later letter that 'Proby makes a perfectly excellent companion - and we now go on with perfect comfort and smoothness; indeed I now like him so much that I do not at all like to think of his leaving me' (A. Davidson, Edward Lear: Landscape Painter and Nonsense Poet, 1812-1888, London, 1938, pp. 43-44).

    Cefalù is now a popular beach resort on the north coast of Sicily. The town was built on the behest of the Norman King, Roger II. The present watercolour shows the view from the beach up towards the Cathedral, which was begun in 1131.

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