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Edward Lear (London 1812-1888 San Remo, Italy)
Edward Lear (London 1812-1888 San Remo, Italy)

A landscape in Corfu with two figures sitting on a hillside

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Edward Lear (London 1812-1888 San Remo, Italy)
A landscape in Corfu with two figures sitting on a hillside
numbered, inscribed in Greek and dated '10. May. 1862 (76)' (lower right) and further inscribed in Greek and with colour notes
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour heightened with bodycolour
14 x 20¾ in. (35.5 x 52.2 cm.)

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Lear lived on Corfu from 1855 to 1858 following a brief visit to Corfu in the Summer of 1848 when Lear was entranced by the island: 'I wish I could give you any idea of the beauty of this island, it really is a Paradise. The extreme gardeny verdure - the fine olives, cypresses, almonds, & oranges, make the landscape so rich'.

The view is from St Nikolaos in the area of Leukimne, a bay in South Eastern Corfu, opposite Epirus, the mountains of which can be seen in the distance.

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