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Edward Lear (1812-1888)
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Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Monaco

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Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Monaco
signed with monogram and inscribed 'Monaco' (lower right)
pen and brown ink and watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with touches of bodycolour
5 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. (15 x 22.8 cm.)
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As he wrote to his friend Fortescue on 13 November, Lear 'had no idea the Cornice was so magnificent in scenery; Eza [Eze] and Monaco are wondrously picturesque, and Mentone very pretty' (Lady Strachey, ed., Later Letters of Edward Lear, 1911, p. 51).

A view of Monaco, from Turbia, very similar to the present watercolour was used as an illustration to the lies 'How like a gem, the city of little Monacco, basking, glowed' from Tennyson's poem, The Daisy (see R. Pitman, Edward Lear's Tennyson, Manchester and New York, 1988, pp. 164-174).
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