Sartene, Corsica

Sartene, Corsica



Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Sartene, Corsica

Signed with monogram lower right and inscribed on the old backboard:
Julian Goldsmid Esq.r/SARTÉNÉ. CORSICA/ SARTÉNÉ/ditto
Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil heightened with white and gum arabic
12 by 19.2 cm., 4 ¾ by 7 ½ in.

Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bart (1838-1896)

For Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica, 1870, pl. VII, opp. p.54

Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica records his trip to Corsica in the spring of 1868. His Journal entry for April 21 6 a.m. reads:

`After three days stay (and I could willingly remain here for as many weeks....) I leave Sartène.... Just above the town, where the high road to Bonifacio passes the Capuchin convent, there is the first view of Sartène and the mountains; the whole town stands out in a grand mass from the valley and heights, and there is something rough and feudal in its dark houses that places it architecture far above that of Ajaccio in a picturesque sense.'

Sir Julian Goldsmid owned an important collection of paintings, including works by Turner, Constable and Gainsborough, which were sold after his death at Christie's, on 13
th June 1896. A full watercolour of this view by Lear was with Colnaghi's, London in 1976