12 - 13 December 2007
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
View from Mount Neritos, Ithaca, Greece
inscribed and dated 'Ithaca/29. april. 1863./5. P.M.-/from Mt. Neritos. above Karlara' (lower left) and numbered '(97)' (lower right)
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour
14¼ x 20¾ in. (36.3 x 52.8 cm.)
Miss Maud L. Wethered; Christie's, London, 16 Nov 1982, lot 64.
With The Fine Art Society, London, October 1983.
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On 27 April Lear speaks of the 'pretty prettiness of Ithaca.' And on 29: 'Truly - a very queer magical sight is this view! Dreamlike in its wan delicate pallor - all the gray sea so far below motionless as a surface of polished marble.'
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