Edward Lear, R.A. (1812-1888)
The Bay of Naples with Vesuvius, Italy
Signed, dated and inscribed l.r.: Napoli./EdwardLear./7.07.1840.-, pencil with white on blue paper
17 x 24 cm
Private Collection, London until 2017
Lear lived in Rome from December 1837 until 1848 as part of an international community of artists, a happy and productive time in his artistic development. During the summers he travelled to other parts of Italy. This characteristic, crisp drawing heightened with white on blue paper is typical of his work of the period.
Inscribed and dated l.r.: Amalphi./8 June. 1844, pen and brown ink on buff paper
50 x 36 cm
Lear lived in Rome from 1841 until 1848 as part of an international community of artists. He had a comfortable income, as sales of his work went well. During the summers he travelled to other parts of Italy, producing fluent drawings such as the present example. His love of nonsense can be seen in the spelling of ‘Amalphi’.
Provenance: Nicolas Powell (1920–86); thence by descent until 2017