Edward Lear, Nice, France.
Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil heightened with white;
inscribed in ink lower right: Nice. / 2.= 3. P.M. / 8 January 1865 / (18) the 4ground olive section / brown dark – off all the distance; further inscribed with the artist’s colour notes
370 by 543 mm.
Lear drew this landscape from life in the early afternoon of 8th January 1865. He had arrived in the French Riviera in November of the previous year and had decided to spend the winter there, before returning to London in April.
This drawing belongs to Lady Evans, in whose family it has been since the early 20th Century. Lady Evans was married to the late Sir Charles Evans (1918-1995), who was the deputy-leader of the triumphant Everest expedition of 1953.