Road near Galle, Ceylon

Edward Lear (1812 - 1888)

Oil on canvas

1879
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Sri Lanka
    City: Colombo
    Place: British High Commission
  • 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
    Road near Galle, Ceylon
    Date
    1879
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Acquisition
    Purchased from John Teed, September 1952
    Inscription
    bl: monogram on stretcher bar: Road near Galle Edward Lear 1879
    GAC number
    1867