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Edward Lear (1812-1888)

The Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece

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Edward Lear (1812-1888)
The Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece
inscribed, dated and numbered 'Athens. July 26. 1848. 131' (lower right) and further inscribed with colour notes including 'Shadow side of the Temple/local color nearly white/colors ochre and white'
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour heightened with touches of white on 'DE CANSON FRERES' paper
10 1/8 x 17 7/8 in. (25.7 x 45.5 cm.)
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Lear spent two weeks in Athens in the summer of 1848 remarking on first sight of the city that 'surely never was anything so magnificent as Athens!...far more than I could have had any idea of' (V. Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer, Stroud, 2006, p. 73.).
The Temple of Hephaestus, also known as the Hephaesteion, was dedicated to Hephaestus, the Greek god of blacksmiths and metallurgy. It was, for many years, thought to be the Theseum, a temple reputedly built over the tomb of the Greek hero Theseus, but it was later discovered that he was buried closer to the Acropolis.

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