Edward Lear, A Cottage by a Stream.
Signed and dated May 16th 1839. Pencil, unframed. 25.25 x 36.75cm; 10 x 14½in.
Captain (later Admiral) R.A. Oliver, served in New Zealand, and the south seas, in the late 1840s and early 1850s, charting the waters, particularly that of Queen Charlotte’s Sound in the north of the South Island.
Edward Lear went to Italy in July of 1837 for 10 years, soon after these sketches were drawn.