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The Hon. William Bruce.
Dr. Dynely Hussey.
With The Fine Art Society, London, 1986.
LEAR AND GREECE
Views of the Seven Ionian Islands, published in 1863, was Lear's sixth book recording his travels. In its format he returned to his first book, Views in Rome and its Environs, by having lithographic illustrations with brief illustrations with a brief explanatory text for each, rather than including a personal journal.
The illustrations were the product of a two months tour of the islands that Lear made in the spring of 1863. During these months he did numerous drawings in pencil, which he later penned out in ink and overlaid with watercolour washes.
In preparing them for publication, he initially shied away from the prospect of transferring the drawings to lithographic stone, a task which involved transferring the drawings in reverse onto lithographic stone, a long and soulless operation that he had employed in his earlier published works. Instead, he played with the possiblility of using photography. In preparation for this he made versions of the drawings in charcoal, lampblack, pencil and chalk. Eventually, when these were not successful, he returned to lithography, producing a fine volume of work.
How this most unusual and rare set of drawings (lots 54-56) fitted into his preparation is uncertain. They echo closely six of the eventual twenty lithographs in the book, but as slight sketches rather than finished drawings they are likely to have been part of the overall planning of the work - possibly at the stage when he was deciding which views to include - rather than being intended for reproduction.