• Victorian & British Impression auction at Christies

    Sale 7788

    Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures Including Drawings and Watercolours

    16 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 56

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)

    Lake Thun with the Schlöss Oberhofen

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)
    Lake Thun with the Schlöss Oberhofen
    pencil and watercolour on paper
    12 3/8 x 10¼ in. (31.4 x 26 cm.)


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    Lear left London for a walking tour of Switzerland on August 1854. On 6 August he wrote to his sister Ann 'I had no idea really of the beauty of Switzerland - for I never was in the really fine parts, except in 1841 - when I came thro' by night ... The Lake of Thun is one of the most beautiful of all the Swiss Lakes; -such a wonderful pea-blue sea-green!'

    Although he enjoyed his visit, Lear did not return to Switzerland until 1878, when to escape the summer heat of San Remo, he went to the mountains above Lake Como.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN