Edward Lear, Honister from near Buttermere.
Inscribed and dated ’27 Sept 1836′ pencil and black chalk on blue paper. 17.8 x 26 cm. (7 x 10 1/4 in.)
With Spink, London.
Lear’s visit to Cumbria in 1836 was one of his first sketching tours, he recorded that: “the counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland are superb indeed, & tho the weather has been miserable, yet I have contrived to walk pretty well over the whole ground, & to sketch a good deal besides”.
Edard Lear, Near Ain Howara, Sinai Peninsula.
Extensively inscribed, dated ’19 January 1849, 4.30 pm’, pen and ink. 19.7 x 40.2 cm. (7 3/4 x 16 in.)
Lear’s first visited Egypt in January 1849, he spent a week in Cairo before setting out for Sinai, he travelled down the west coast of the Sinai peninsula before turning inland towards the mountains.
Matt Bevis, who has edited Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry with James Williams (now available in paperback), published several essays and posted lectures on Edward Lear (search for his name on the blog) has now published a personal memoir of writing on him for Poetry magazine: you can read “Some Birds” here.
Edward Lear, Castel Giubileo.
Jan 7th 1845/brown ink, 21.5cm x 38cm.
“Castel Giulrile”, as it is called in the auction, does not exist as far as I know, while Castel Giubileo, which can be read even though not very clearly as it is written in pencil, is nowadays on the outskirts of Rome, the area where Lear was at the time.
Edward Lear, Sailing Berges, Venice, 1865.
Inscribed and dated Venice 24. Nov. 1865 (56) (lr). Ink, watercolor and gouache with traces of pencil on light blue/gray paper. 7 x 10 inches (17.8 x 25.4 cm).
Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, no. 29431
Edward Lear, Study of a Waterlily.
Signed E. Lear (lr). Watercolor on paper. 5 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches.
The Little Gallery, London
Ellinor Newsom, sister of the artist
Edward Lear, ‘Finale between Bologna and Modena, Italy.’
[Note: this is certainly not “Finale Emilia,” near where I live and with no harbour (no sea here, unfortunately!), it is certainly Finale Ligure, not far from Sanremo.]
Inscribed in ink lower left “Finale / 10.45 AM / 17 December 1864” and with the artist’s annotations in pencil and ink watercolour 17 x 51.5cm.
Provenance: The Leger Galleries, 13 Old Bond Street, London W1, October 1972.