Pencil, chalk, ink, and body colour on toned paper4 October 1837
- About the work
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’.
Edward Lear (1812 - 1888)
- Milan Cathedral
- 4 October 1837
- Pencil, chalk, ink, and body colour on toned paper
- height: 25.70 cm, width: 36.30 cm
- Purchased from John Teed, October 1954
- tl in sky: 'Milano. / 4th. Oct.br 1837'
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