Edward Lear, Civita d’Antino, 1844.
Black chalk, pencil, heightened with white, on light blue paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Civita d’Antino lower left. 16.5 x 28.5 cm. (6 1/2 x 11 1/4 in).
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 20
“Civita d’Antonio, a wild and scattered place, has a poetical and sullen grandeur in its aspect, as if it were altogether out of the world of life: no other dwellings are in sight and its own bear the stamp of desolate and melancholy antiquity.” [op. cit., 1846, p.74]