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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 70

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)

    View of Eze, Côte d'Azur, France

    Price Realised  

    Edward Lear (1812-1888)
    View of Eze, Côte d'Azur, France
    inscribed, dated and numbered 'Eza. Decbr. 6. 1864./10.30. AM./... 11.30/(2)' (lower right) and further inscribed 'Eza./6. Dec. 1864/10.30-11.30 A.M' (lower left) and further extensively inscribed with colour notes
    pencil, pen and brown ink, ochre, blue, purple and green wash, heightened with touches of white
    14 3/8 x 21½ in. (36.6 x 54 cm.)


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    Lear again complains about the cold he endured on his walking tour; however, he was impressed with Eze, which may explain the number of drawings of the town he executed (see lots 68 and 69). He noted in his diary on this day: 'above Villefranche I got out and walked (it was clear & cold) to the spot I wanted to draw Eze from above, before the diligence came up & its horses returned from Turbia ere I had done. A strangely wild & magnificent coast scene is this, I know no finer. It was bitterly cold & the wind very high - & was glad to have a thick cloak. On the second point which is equally surprising & this was about 11.30 or 12. Eze is assuredly an astonishing place - & so various.'

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    Provenance

    With The Fine Art Society, December 1993.