• Victorian & British Impression auction at Christies

    Sale 7788

    Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures Including Drawings and Watercolours

    16 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)

    Eze, Côte d'Azur, France

    Price Realised  


    Edward Lear (1812-1888)
    Eze, Côte d'Azur, France
    inscribed and dated 'Eza. [sic.] 11. AM. 19. March. 1865.' (lower left) and numbered '(78)' (lower right) and further inscribed and numbered '33. Longwise [?].' (on the reverse)
    pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour heightened with touches of white, on blue paper
    13 3/8 x 19½ in. (33.3 x 49.5 cm.)

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    Lear spent the winter between 1864 and 1865 in Nice, travelling along the coast recording the views that he saw in pencil and watercolour. In his journal he described the landscape around Eze as 'a strangely wild and magnificent coast scene' (Diary, 6. xii. 64) and celebrated the wonderfully vivid colours of the Mediterranean: 'Blue olives, blue sea and blue Estrelles. This day was perfect in loveliness, sea a sheet of emerald green, real ultramarine like a Maccaw's tail feathers.' (P. Levi, Edward Lear, London, 1995, p. 216).

    Another watercolour by Lear of Eze, executed in December 1864, was sold in these Rooms, The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi; 12 December 2007, lot 70.

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