Edward Lear, Cefalu, Sicily

Edward Lear, Cefalu, Sicily.
Inscribed, dated and numbered ‘Cefalu. 8 July. 1847. 230A’ (lower right), and further inscribed and dated ‘8. July/1847./Cefalu’ (lower left) and further inscribed with colour notes. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour. 9½ x 18 in. (24.2 x 45.8 cm.)

Lear travelled to Sicily in the company of John Joshua Proby (1780-1855), subsequently 2nd Earl of Carysfort, between May and July 1847, recording the places that they visited both in his sketchbook and in his diary. He wrote in a later letter that ‘Proby makes a perfectly excellent companion – and we now go on with perfect comfort and smoothness; indeed I now like him so much that I do not at all like to think of his leaving me’ (A. Davidson, Edward Lear: Landscape Painter and Nonsense Poet, 1812-1888, London, 1938, pp. 43-44).

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