Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Capri from above Massa

Signed and dated l.r.: Edward Lear del.1839, inscribed l.l.: Capri from above Massa., pencil heightened with white on buff paper

26 x 43 cm.; 10 ¼ x 16 7/8 inches

Provenance
Eugene Thaw, New York; sold on 26 February 1973 to David Carritt, London

Lear spent his summers at the end of the 1830s travelling in Italy and first drew Massa in the summer of 1838 on 22nd August, a working drawing with extensive colour notes (Christie’s, 16 July 2014, lot 570, 10 x 14 inches). The present drawing relates quite closely to his first sketch. He returned to the subject again in 1840.