Edward Lear, Parnassus.
Pen, ink, pencil and wash – “Parnassus, 12 April 1849, 11 A.M.”
Mount Parnassus from Near Thebes – a study of an extensive landscape, with figures, some on horseback, inscribed, dated and numbered 159, 11.25ins x 19ins, in modern gilt frame and glazed.
In 1849 Lear decided to return to Greece in order to produce a book. He and his companion Lushington arrived in Patras on 9th March 1849. From there they moved on to the Morea Coranth, Athens,Thebes, Parnassus and Delphi finishing their tour in Patras once again following six weeks of walking and sketching.
Dover College, Dover, Kent.
With handwritten note, which reads: “List of old Argonauts and Hellenic travellers who have joined in this gift to Canon Compton, the “Father” of the “Schoolmaster Crusades”, and a two column list of fifty-three names.
Dover College was founded in 1871 by a group of local businessmen. In 1892, the Reverend William Cookworthy Compton succeeded Canon William Bell as Headmaster. Ahead of his time, Compton helped organise schoolmasters’ and student tours in Greece alongside Henry Lunn, later of Lunn Poly fame. It led to the establishment of ‘Hellenic Travellers’ Club’ which had an associated camera club calling themselves the Argonauts.