Two Italian Pictures by Edward Lear

As part of London Art Week, Karen Taylor is organizing an exhibition that will include, together with seral other interesting Italian landscapes, two Lears I have not yet posted here.

Edward Lear, Tivoli.
Inscribed and dated l.l.:  Tivoli May 7 1838, pencil and grey wash heightened with white on light grey paper. 18 x 25 cm; 7 1/16 x 9 7/8 inches:

Lear set out for Italy in the summer of 1837. For most of the next ten years the artist wintered in Rome and toured other parts of Italy during the summer. This visit to Tivoli is referred to by Lear in a letter to his sister Ann dated 3rd May 1838; I, and Uwins and Mr Acland set off on Saturday – staying some days at many beautiful places all (of) which I will tell you about. I must now describe my dear Tivoli as I promised the height of landscape perfection (V. Noakes, Edward Lear, Selected Letters, Oxford, 1988, p. 41). The Uwins referred here was James, nephew of the more famous Thomas Uwins R.A. (1782-1857) lived in Italy from 1823-1831, often returning there in the subsequent summers.  ‘Mr. Acland’, Leopold Dyke Acland, was one of Lear’s travelling companions, who, after leaving Tivoli, travelled on to the Bay of Naples in the summer of 1838. Acland joined Lear again for a tour of Sicily in the spring of 1842. Leopold was the son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, tenth baronet (1787-1871), a politician and philanthropist who with his wife visited Rome in the winter of 1837 and also patronised Joseph Severn who was friendly with their son Henry, a great friend of John Ruskin.

Provenance
The Acland family;
Fry Gallery;
Private collection, U.K.

Edward Lear, Val Montone, Italy.
Inscribed and dated l.l.: Val Montone-17 Oct.br 1840., inscribed with artist’s notes, graphite. 26 x 39.7 cm; 10 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches:

Lear went to Italy in the summer of 1837. For most of the next ten years the artist wintered in Rome and toured other parts of Italy during the summer. He spent the winter months in and around Rome making frequent visits to the Campagna. He wrote in a letter to his sister Ann that  Val Montone was: one of the most elegant campagna towns and very curious: it is in a deep dell in the Latin valley- but rises on a mound- crowned with a superb church and castle-though the town itself is wretchedly poor…Fine trees are all around Val Montone- and it is altogether a delightfully quiet place (recorded in the 1930s typescript of the lost manuscript of Lear’s letters to Ann, 11 October 1838).
Another view of Val Montone is included in Views in Rome and its Environs, 1841, plate 25.
Sir Robert Vere ‘Robin’ Darwin KCB CBE RA RSA PRWA NEAC (1910 – 1974) was a British artist and Rector of the Royal College of Art. He was the son of the golf writer Bernard Darwin and his wife the engraver Elinor Monsell and a great-grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin.

Provenance
Sir Robin Darwin, R.A.;
Lady Darwin;
Spink, where bought by the present owner;
Private collection, U.K.

Exhibited
Royal Academy, London, Edward Lear 1812-1888, 1985, no. 15i, ill p. 92

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A New Looloo

One of Helen Stilwell’s Looloos, part of a series publshed in the New York World Sunday Magazine in 1906. This one appears to have been a postcard.

For more information and several other examples, see here and in the Nonsense in the Early comics section of nonsenselit.org.

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The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

Don’t forget:

On November 21, Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will be giving a free lecture on The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear at 6:00pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the Harvard Museum of Natural History Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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Three Edward Lear Events

1.
Next Friday, November 15, I will be in Cava de’ Tirreni for a presentation of Edward Lear: Visioni inedite della costa di Amalfi; if you are in the area, please come meet me and the other authors. Download the full brochure.

2.
On November 21, Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will be giving a free lecture on The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear at 6:00pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the Harvard Museum of Natural History Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

3.
Sara Lodge will be presenting the last concert of Edward Lear songs of the year on December 12 at at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire, at 7:00pm.
The performers are Sara herself, baritone Edward Robinson and pianist Rachel Fright.
The concert is free but donations to local charities will be encouraged.

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Edward Lear, Capri from Massa (three stages, 1838-1840)

Edward Lear, Near Massa.
First sketch, 22 August 1838.

Edward Lear, Capri from near Massa.
Second version, 1839.
Signed and dated ‘Edward Lear del 1839’ (lower right) and titled (lower left). Pencil, charcoal and watercolour. 43.2 x 26.7cm (17 x 10 1/2in).
This is on sale at Bonhams.

Edward Lear, Capri from Massa.
Third version, 1840.

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Edward Lear (?), Seaford (1841)

Edward Lear, Seaford Looking towards Newhaven.
Pencil, ink and watercolour. Seaford, looking towards Newhaven. Inscribed ’18 Sep/41′
7.25 x 11.75in.

I have some doubts about the authenticisty of this one, the handwriting on the picture does not look like his, and he would have signed it; see also the back of the picture below.

The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Citara (1844)

Edward Lear, Citara.
Pen ink and wash over . ‘Citara 14th June 1844.’ Inscribed and dated, studio stamp
10 x 17.75in.

Provenance
Ex-John R. Baddeley Collection

The Saleroom.

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