2 July 2019
Edward Lear (London 1812-1888 San Remo)
The Monastery of Stavronikita, Mount Athos
inscribed and dated 'Stavroniketas (in Greek)/ 2. Sept./ 1856' (lower left), and extensively inscribed with artist's notes throughout
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour
13 3/8 x 20 1/8 in. (34 x 51.1 cm.)
Charles Church, a gift from the artist, and by descent to the present owners.
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Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, Edward Lear, Drawings from a Greek Tour, July 1964, no. 44.
London, Fine Art Society, Edward Lear, A Centenary Exhibition, June 1988, no number.
This drawing is a study for Lear's most famous Mount Athos painting, Mount Athos and the Monastery of Stavronikétes, now at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.
Lear attempted to visit Mount Athos in 1848 with Church, but was unsuccessful. He eventually returned in September 1856, visiting all twenty principal monasteries and many of their dependencies. He produced a series of fifty drawings of the monasteries and landscapes, of which the present drawing is part. He apparently intended to publish a volume of his tour of Mount Athos but this was never fulfilled, although he did adapt several of his drawings for his series of illustrations to Tennyson’s poems.
Property from the descendants of Charles Church (lots 229-244)
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