Edward Lear, The Monastery of Konstatmonitou, Mount Athos

Edward Lear, The Monastery of Konstatmonitou, Mount Athos.
inscribed in English and Greek and dated ’16.Sept.1856′ and further inscribed in Greek (lower left) and with colour notes throughout. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour. 13 5/8 x 19 ¼ in. (34.6 x 48.9 cm.).

he monastery was built in the 10th Century, in a forest about 50 minutes from the coast on the south east side of Mount Athos. It is ranked 20th in the hierarchy of Mount Athos.


with Agnew’s, London, 1974, where purchased by the present owner.


Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Happy Birthday Mr Lear, 200 Years of Nature and Nonsense, September 2012 – January 2013, unnumbered.


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