Edward Lear, Cervo, Imperia, Italy.
Signed with monogram and dated ‘1882’ (lower right) and inscribed and dated ‘Cérvo./ 27 Decbr. 1881′ (lower left). Pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour. 10 7/8 x 21 in. (27.7 x 53.4 cm.)
Francis Braham, Lady Waldegrave, and her husband Chichester Fortescue, Lord Carlingford;
Constance Braham, Lady Strachey, niece of Lady Waldegrave, and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 10 November 1994, lot 145, where purchased for the present collection.
Cervo is on the coast close to San Remo, where Lear was to build the Villa Tennyson, his last home.