The city of Rabbato is now known as Victoria, but remains the capital of Gozo, the larger of Malta's subsidiary islands. Lear travelled to Malta for the winter of 1865-6 on his way from Venice to Corfu and stayed for three months. He spent just a week on Gozo, from 16-23 March, and on his daily walks made over 80 sketches of the island. He wrote to his friend Lady Waldegrave on 13 April 1866, 'Did I tell you of my visit to Oudesch, vulgarly called Gozo? It was a most pleasant one, and with the help of Giorgio I drew every bit of it, walking fifteen or twenty miles a day. Its coast scenery may truly be called pomskizillious and gromphibberous, being as no words can describe its magnificence.'