Forest of Bavella

Forest of Bavella



Edward Lear (1812-1888)
The Forest of Bavella, Corsica

Pen and brown ink and watercolour
9.3 by 10.3cm., 3 ½ by 4 inches

Lear spent the winter of 1867-68 in Cannes and left for Corsica on 8
th April in the company of the writer John Addington Symonds and his family but set out to explore the island alone. He reached the Forest of Bavella on 28th April: `At times the mist is suddenly lifted like a veil, and discloses a whole forest - as it were in the pit of an immense theatre confined between towering rock-wall, and filling up with its thousands of pines all the great hollow - these crags, often as I have drawn their upper outline from the pass I have been ascending today, are doubly awful and magnificent now that I am close to them' (Edward Lear, Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica, 1870, p.92)