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No. 15. View from the Castle Hill, looking towards Monte Skopó – Zante.

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Artist Lear (1812-1888)
Edward Lear ( 1812- 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry. In 1842 Lear began a journey into the Italian peninsula, travelling through the Lazio, Rome, Abruzzo, Molise, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, and Sicily. In personal notes, together with drawings, Lear gathered his impressions on the Italian way of life, folk traditions, and the beauty of the ancient monuments.In 1848 he journeyed to Greek lands for the first time. He enthusiastically aimed to depict the authentic physiognomy of the country. He bequeathed us hundreds of Greek landscapes painted in his unique style, and equally impressive, thoroughly detailed diaries and letters on his life in Greece. In Corfu, Edward Lear hired Giorgos Kokkalis as his servant. Kokkalis was Lear’s personal assistant and travel companion for the next thirty years. Lear learned Greek and was acquainted with the British circles of the Ionian islands, albeit only for professional reasons.
Title No. 15. View from the Castle Hill, looking towards Monte Skopó – Zante.
Year ca. 1863
Description View from Monte Skopó to the city of Zakynthos on the island of the same name (Italian Zante). Large olive trees in the foreground.
From "Views in the Seven Ionian Islands", by Edward Lear. Lithography, published in 1863 by the Artist, Oldham/London, Hugh Broadbent (1863/1979).
In contrast to mainland Greece, the island of Zakynthos has been under western and central European rule for more than seven centuries. The Venetians who ruled the island for more than four centuries were nicknamed Zakynthos or Zante with the nickname "Fior di Levante" (Flower of the East).
Place of Publication London
Dimensions (cm)26,5 x 37 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueLithography

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