Edward Lear, Civita d’Antino (1844)


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]


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