Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Signed lower left: Villefranche./Edwd Lear. del.
Pen and brown ink and watercolour over traces of pencil
15.5 by 23 cm., 6 by 9 in.
With Spink, London, where bought by the present owners
Villefranche spent the winter of 1864-5 in Nice. This studio work appears to be based on an on-the-spot sketch dated 15th January 1865, 8 to 9.30 am which was with Spink in 1992 (see Spink, Annual Watercolour Exhibition, catalogue 1992, no.37).
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