Edward Lear, Ruins in the Campagna

Edward Lear, Ruins in the Campagna.
Oil on canvas, 23.2 x 32.6 cm, framed, slightly damaged.

Provenance:
Directly from the artist by inheritance to the great-great-grandfather of the present owner;
Private Collection United States of America.

Catalogued and illustrated in:
Rodolfo Falchi, Valerie Wadsworth, Edward Lear. Holloway 1812 – Sanremo 1888, Sanremo 1997, p. 279 (wrong length).

We are grateful to Valerie Wadsworth-Falchi for her scientific assistance.

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Edward Lear, Ponte Rotto

Edward Lear, Ponte Rotto, Rome.
Indistinctly inscribed (lower left) and further inscribed ‘The sketch/ on the other side/ taken from below the Ponte Rotto – a bit/ of which is on the left corner.’ (verso) pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour on pale blue paper 5 7/8 x 9 ¼ in. (14.7 x 23.5 cm.).

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Edward Lear, Tor San Eusebio (1845)

Edward Lear, Tor San Eusebio.
Inscribed and dated ‘Tor Sant’Eusebio./ 13th. February 1845.’ (lower left) and further inscribed with colour notes.

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Edward Lear, Figures Loading a Barge (1837)

Edward Lear, Figures Loading a Barge.
Signed ‘Edward Lear del’ (lower left), dated ‘Oct. 1837’ (lower right) and numbered 53.W. (lower right).

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Edward Lear, A Tower in the Campagna, Rome (1846)

Edward Lear, A Tower in the Campagna, Rome.
Signed and dated ‘Edward Lear. del./ 1846.’ (lower right).

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Edward Lear, Mount Parnes from Varnava, Greece (1868)

Edward Lear, Mount Parnes from Varnava, Greece
Inscribed, dated and numbered ‘Mt. Parnes, from Varnava./ 16. June. 1868/ (39.)’ (lower right) and further inscribed with the artist’s colour notes throughout. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour 10 ¼ x 18 ½ in. (26 x 47 cm.).

Provenance
With Leger Galleries, London, June 1971.
Sir Clifford Norton (†); Christie’s, London, 9 April 1991, lot 176.

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Edward Lear, Masada from the Dead Sea

Edward Lear, Masada from the Dead Sea.
Signed with monogram (lower right) pencil, pen and brown and blue ink and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour 7 1/8 x 15 in. (18.1 x 38.1 cm.)

Provenance
With the Redfern Gallery, London, where purchased by Norman Bentwich (†);
Sotheby’s, London, 22 March 1979, lot 110
With Martyn Gregory, London.
With Davis and Langdale, New York, where purchased by Mrs Vincent Astor.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 3 July 2013, lot 190.

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Edward Lear, The Pass of Monte d’Oro, C0rsica

Edward Lear, The Pass of Monte d’Oro, Corsica.
Signed with monogram (lower left) and inscribed ‘Snow peaks exact & sharp off cloud/ Foliage all Beech. on turf/ small stream in foreground (verso).

Provenance
Frances, Countess Waldegrave and her husband, Chichester Fortescue.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 12 November 1996, lot 96.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 9 June 2005, lot 101.

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Edward Lear, Etna (1864)

Edward Lear, Etna.
Inscribed Etna 5 June 1864, watercolour with pen and ink
4 x 11cm.

[Drawn while getting back from Crete.]

The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Dendera, with a View of the Nile (1867)

Edward Lear, Dendera, with a View of the Nile.
Inscribed and dated ‘Dendera/9.15./16 Jany.1867′ (lower left); numbered ‘176’ (lower right); variously annotated throughout. Pen, ink and wash. 17 x 50.5cm (6 11/16 x 19 7/8in).

Provenance
Anon. sale, Sotheby’s, London, 17 November 1988, lot 187.
Spink, London.
Private collection, UK.

The present lot was executed during Lear’s third and final visit to Egypt, between December 1866 and March 1867. During January Lear visited Dendera – a Temple 40 miles downriver from Luxor – and produced a series of numbered drawings. For similar examples see a pair of works sold Bonhams, London, 26 September 2019 (numbered 170 & 175); Christie’s, London, 2 April 1996, lot 100 (numbered 169) and Bonhams, London, 6 December 2012, lot 102 (numbered 153).

As common with Lear’s drawings, various inscriptions and colour notes are scattered throughout the present lot (for example ‘tawny’ and ‘sandy’). In the middle foreground is commentary that the ‘Pylon [is] “very old” & crumbly’. Further in the distance, scribbled over an expanse of land is the observation that prior to reaching the Nile, there is a ‘tawny plain of undulating dust’.

Bonhams.

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