Rome, 15 December 1837

Edward Lear (1812 - 1888)

Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper

15 December 1837
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Holy See
    City: Vatican City
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Edward Lear, best known for nonsense verse and limericks, was also a topographical landscape painter, musician, travel writer, ornithological and natural history draughtsman and an illustrator. Largely self-taught as a painter, he began by drawing animals at Knowsley Hall menagerie; later moving to landscape painting. He lived in Italy from 1837 to 1848, returning briefly when Queen Victoria requested twelve drawing lessons. He later studied at the Royal Academy Schools (1850-51). In 1852 he was introduced to William Holman Hunt, whose paintings became a great influence. From the early 1860s, Lear’s reputation as a landscape painter declined, perhaps partly a result of the mass-produced watercolours he made, which he called ‘Tyrants’.
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  • Details
    Title
    Rome, 15 December 1837
    Date
    15 December 1837
    Medium
    Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 22.00 cm, width: 33.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Agnew, April 1952
    Inscription
    D&InsBL
    GAC number
    1440