Edward Lear, Castel Lagopesole (1847)

Edward Lear, Castel Lagopesole, Southern Italy.
Pen and brown ink and watercolour; signed lower right: Edward Lear. del. / 30. Sept. 1847, inscribed lower left: Castello do Lago Pesole. 165 by 282 mm.

This finely preserved work was executed on the 30 September 1847, towards the end of Lear’s six week journey around Calabria in Southern Italy.
Painting with purples, ochers and greens, Lear depicts the expansive landscape towards the end of the day. Castel Lagopesole, a hunting lodge of Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) stands proudly atop the near hill, while in the distance – swathed in mauve – Monte Voltore looms up out of the plain.


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