Rocella, Calabria

Rocella, Calabria



Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Rocella, Calabria

Signed with monogram lower right and inscribed lower left: Rocella
11.6 by 18 cm., 4 ½ by 7 in.

Lear's watercolour shows the fortified headland of Roccella in Calabria which is likely to be the site of an ancient Greek settlement known as Amphissa. It now dominates the modern town and beach resport. Lear would probably have visited the site during his visit to Calabria in 1847. He made numerous drawings and subsequently produced Journals of a Landscape Painter in Southern Calabria in 1852, with illustrations from his drawings.