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December 0106, 2018
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LOT 815

Lot 815

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Lot 815 Details
Edward Lear (1812-1888), British


Pencil, pen and ink with grey and brown washes on paper with partial watermark: Whatman?; signed with monogram “EL” lower left

Sheet 4.8 x 7.7 in — 12.3 x 19.5 cm

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $15,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Edward Lear (1812-1888)
  • Edward Lear (1812-1888)
  • Edward Lear (1812-1888)

The Leger Galleries Limited, London, UK;
From whom purchased by the Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario in 1985


Edward Lear, “Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica”, London, 1870, p. 173, pl. XXIX


Edward Lear left for Corsica on 8th April, 1868 in the company of the writer John Addington Symonds. Lear had originally intended to travel to Palestine, but decided to instead visit Corsica with the intention of publishing an illustrated journal. Afterwards Lear explored the island exhaustively, visiting the important town of Corte situated almost in the centre of the island between the 19th and 21st of May.

Edward Lear’s “Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica” was the last of Lear’s travel books and was where he adopted the technique of wood engraving to prepare the plates.


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LOT 815

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