The Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute, Venice
Inscribed by the artist at lower left, "Venice. 3PM. 13 nov. 1865 / (from the steps of the Iron bridge.) white papers on windows - of lodgings", numbered at lower right, "20", and further inscribed with the artist’s colour notes.
Pen and ink, watercolour and pencil
34.9 x 50.1 cm
Acquired by The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
Private Collection, UK
|A painter, draftsman, and writer, Edward Lear is well known for the superb topographical landscapes he executed over the course of a lifetime of travel throughout Europe, the Near East, and South Asia. This drawing was made during his second trip to Venice, in 1865. On 16 November of that year he wrote, "Anything so incredibly beautiful as the colour of the place I never saw" (V. Noakes, Edward Lear 1812-1888, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, London, p. 116, under no. 31).|