Edward Lear, Roman Catholic Cemetery at Palaiopolis (1863)

Edward Lear, Roman Catholic Cemetery at Palaiopolis, Kaligoni, Santa Maura.
Inscribed l.l.: R.C. cemetery Kaligoni; further inscribed, dated and numbered l.r.: Santa Maria 23 April 1863 5.30 pm / (68). Pen and brown ink and watercolour. 18 by 35cm., 7 by 13¾in.

Martyn Geeff, London;
Christie’s, London, 15 November 1988, lot 178, where purchased by the family of the present owners

London, The British Council, no.42a.

This on-the-spot drawing shows a view on the island of Levkas which, in Lear’s day, was known as Santa Maura. The island lies in the Ionian sea, a region Lear toured in the spring of 1863.


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