Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Cape Malawar, Greece

Cape Malawar, Greece

Extensively inscribed and dated 25. May 1863 4 P.M., numbered and inscribed on verso: 168/upright/next above lowest, pen and ink and watercolour

6.9 x 19.5 cm

Lear drew this on the steamer Europa which he boarded from the island of Cerigo (present day Kythera) at 12.30 pm on 25 May 1863, having left in bright sunshine and with a rolling sea ‘too much to be pleasant’. His journal suggests that he drew the present drawing either at dinner, or just before, as this is recorded as having been served at 4 pm.

See Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3, transcribed by Marco Graziani.