Edward Lear, Zante, with a view over the town to Monte Scopo.
Inscribed, dated and numbered ‘Zante. 28. May. 5. P.M./ 1863/ (210)’ (lower right). Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour. 13 x 20 in. (33 x 50.8 cm.).
During April and May 1863, Lear undertook a second tour of the Ionian Islands, the results of which were published in Views of the Seven Ionian Islands in December 1863. The publication contained twenty lithographic plates, with short descriptive text. Lear realising that British rule was coming to an end (the King of Denmark had been offered the throne of Greece), undertook his two month tour specifically to produce a series of drawings for publication. He also had in mind a more personal publication of his journals recording his travels around the islands, but this was never fulfilled. Lots 123 and 124 date from this tour.
Lear had first visited the region in April 1848 and fell in love with the beauty of the islands, particularly Corfu, which he made his base between December 1855 and early 1864.