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EDWARD LEAR (BRITISH 1812-1888) Study of

Estimate: £400 - £600
ca. US$505 - US$758
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 80, Views: 2

EDWARD LEAR (BRITISH 1812-1888) Study of an Albanian man from Cimara Indistinctly inscribed - Pacert Cimara lower left and dated Oct 25 / 1848 lower right Pencil 14.5 x 9.8cm (5 3/4 x 3 7/8in) Edward Lear made the first of two journeys to the European territories of the Ottoman Empire from September-November 1848. He travelled from Thessaloniki to Albania and then to the coast of Epirus. In his extensive journals and sketches from around the date of the present work we know that Lear was on the southern Albanian coast in the region known today as Himara and which Lear referred to as Cimara in October 1848. He notes in his journal, “After drawing some of the innumerable cousins of the house of Kasnétzi – each of them a picture (though from their sense of mourning I could not get sketches of any of the females) – I went out, and drew Vunó from the north, until sunset, surrounded by groups of Khimáriotes, a naturally well-behaved set of people, whose conversation was intelligent and various, and whose interest in my drawing reminded me of Abruzzi and Calabria.”

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Chiswick Auctions
Title: British & European Fine Art including Portrait Miniatures
Date of the auction: 19 Jun 2019
Address: Chiswick Auctions
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W3 8BL London
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