Edward Lear, Auribeau.
Signed with monogram l.r., inscribed ‘Abribeau’ and dated ‘1868’ l.l. watercolour 33 x 51.5 cm. (13 x 20 1/4 in.)
Lear was in Cannes until April of 1868. From there he could make expeditions into the hills; he and his servant Giorgio would leave Cannes early in the morning, and he would spend the day drawing.
Lear made several visits to Auribeau- a medieval village between Cannes and Grasse. It is perched on top of a rocky peak above the Siagne gorge and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Lear’s European travels were now coming to an end and with the exception of a few drawings produced in the Italian Alps during the summer months of the 1880s, his depictions of the South of France were the last of his European drawings. Lear, was at the height of his powers as a draughtsman and watercolourist when he painted the present work which is a stunning rendition of this beautiful hilltop town.
Edward Lear, An Italian peasant.
Inscribed and dated ‘Rome, April 17. 1860’. Pen and ink and pencil 10.5 x 16 cm. (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.)
Edward Lear, An Italian landscape with San Eusebio in the distance.
Inscribed throughout and dated ‘6 January 1845’, brown ink and wash, 18 x 37 cm (7 1/8 x 14 1/2 in.)
Edward Lear, An Italian landscape.
Signed and dated 1840. Pencil 24.1 x 36.9 cm. (9 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.)
With Spink, London.
Edward Lear, Honister from near Buttermere.
Inscribed and dated ’27 Sept 1836′ pencil and black chalk on blue paper. 17.8 x 26 cm. (7 x 10 1/4 in.)
With Spink, London.
Lear’s visit to Cumbria in 1836 was one of his first sketching tours, he recorded that: “the counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland are superb indeed, & tho the weather has been miserable, yet I have contrived to walk pretty well over the whole ground, & to sketch a good deal besides”.
Edard Lear, Near Ain Howara, Sinai Peninsula.
Extensively inscribed, dated ’19 January 1849, 4.30 pm’, pen and ink. 19.7 x 40.2 cm. (7 3/4 x 16 in.)
Lear’s first visited Egypt in January 1849, he spent a week in Cairo before setting out for Sinai, he travelled down the west coast of the Sinai peninsula before turning inland towards the mountains.
Matt Bevis, who has edited Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry with James Williams (now available in paperback), published several essays and posted lectures on Edward Lear (search for his name on the blog) has now published a personal memoir of writing on him for Poetry magazine: you can read “Some Birds” here.