The present drawing was engraved and published in Lear's Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica in 1870, based on a visit he made in 1868. It was the last of Lear's travel books and the only one illustrated with wood engravings. As Vivian Noakes remarks '... he was unwilling to face what had by now become the disagreeable chore of preparing lithographic plates.' (Vivian Noakes, The Painter Edward Lear, London, 1991, p. 88). Lear included three views of Corte in his journal.
Another version of this watercolour, on a smaller scale, measuring 4¾ x 7½ in. and signed with monogram, was with Spink, London in 1969.