• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 176

    EDWARD LEAR (BRITISH, 1812-1888)

    The Tiber, and the Campagna of Rome, looking Eastward towards Antemnae, Monte Gennaro, and Monte Vellino

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    EDWARD LEAR (BRITISH, 1812-1888)
    The Tiber, and the Campagna of Rome, looking Eastward towards Antemnae, Monte Gennaro, and Monte Vellino
    signed with a monogram and dated '1860' (lower right) and further signed inscribed and dated 'The Tiber, and the Campagna of Rome, looking/Eastward towards Antemnae, Monte Gennaro, and/Monte Vellino. - Painted from drawings made on the spot,/by Edward Lear. 1860' (on a label on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    9¾ x 18½ in. (24.6 x 47 cm.)
    In the original gilt-composition frame


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    Lear had lived in Rome between 1837 and 1848. It was a city that he knew and loved, but when he returned to winter there in 1858 he found many changes. He went back for a second winter, but a place that had offered him so much excitement and stimulation in his youth had now lost its charm for him, and after he left in April 1860 he returned only for brief visits.
    However, during the winter of 1859-60 he worked on five paintings of the city, two of which depict the River Tiber. As was normal with Lear, he painted the picture in his studio, based on drawings he had made on the spot. The present painting was commissioned by Shalcross Fitzherbert Widdrington, who was High Sheriff for Northumberland in 1874. He paid Lear £32 for the picture.

    We are grateful to Dr. Vivien Noakes for assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

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    Provenance

    Commissioned by Shalcross Fitzherbert Widdrington (1826-1917) and by descent at Newton Hall, Northumberland.