The Abbey of Santo Spirito at Sulmona

The Abbey of Santo Spirito at Sulmona



Edward Lear (1812-1888)
The Abbey of Santo Spirito at Sulmona

Signed lower right:
E. Lear del. 1844. and inscribed lower left: Abbadai di S. Spirito
Black chalk, pencil and stump heightened with white on buff paper, with corners cut
8.6 by 15.1 cm., 3 ¼ by 5 ¾ in.

John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866);
By descent until 2015

By J. Whimper for Edward Lear's Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, vignette no.9, p.30

The Abbey of Santo Spirito stands about five kilometres outside the town of Sulmona at the base of Monte Morrone. The present monastery was built in the early 18
th century after an earthquake all but destroyed the original 13th century building.

`Below the solitary hermitage is the Monastery of S. Spirito, founded by Pope Celestino V, but now used as a poor-house for the three Abruzzi. It is a picturesque edifice, some distance from the high-road; and its tall Campanile is seen all over the Pianura of Solmona' (p.30-31).