Edward Lear, Two views of towers at Clondalkin Tower, Co. Dublin; one of Glendalough tower, Co. Wicklow; and The Banqueting-room in the Demesne of Bellevue, with a view of Wicklow Head.
The fourth signed and inscribed ‘Wicklow Head/ ELear’ (lower centre and left). Pencil, heightened with white, on grey paper. 4 ¼ x 6 ½ in. (10.8 x 16 ½ cm.); and smaller (4).
i and iii) Mary F. Shaw.
with Agnew’s, London, 1989.
ii) Mary F. Shaw.
with Agnew’s, London, 1989, where purchased by
iv) Robert A. Hornby.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 18 March 1982, lot 9 (part).
Grasmere, The Wordsworth Museum, Lear the Landscape Artist: tours of Ireland and the English Lakes 1835 and 1836, 2nd July – 4th October 2009, no’s 18, 19, 24 and 25.
iv) London, Royal Academy, Edward Lear 1812-1888, 1985, no. 13d.
Clondalkin tower may be identified by its expanded base, the only one of its kind in Ireland, and the only such tower to have a ‘cap’ in the 19th Century. Standing to the West of Dublin, it is not on the way to Wicklow, and would have been a day trip from the city. The tower at Glendalough has no cap, and is part of a monastery dating from the time of St Kevin in the 6th Century. Although it has been defunct as a monastery since the 14th Century, it remains a popular site of pilgrimage, as well as a tourist site. It seems likely that Lear made further drawings of the site which are not known to have survived.
Stanley recorded that after visiting Glendalough, the group stayed at Bellevue, the country house of the Dublin banking family the La Touches near Bray. The Banqueting-Room was a rustic masonry building in the grounds, built in a Gothic style, with views across the estate to Wicklow Head.
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