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Lot 12

EDWARD LEAR (1812-1888) English rural landscape with sheep grazing beside a tree

monogrammed and dated "Nov 12 1849" lower right, watercolour, 22cm x 31cm

Provenance: Franklin Lushington (1823-1901) and thence by descent.

Condition Report: click here
Estimate: £500 - £1,000
Hammer price: £500
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Franklin Lushington, the son of Edmund Henry Lushington, was appointed judge to the Supreme Court of Justice in the Ionian Islands in 1855 and Lear went with him to live in Corfu. They had met in Malta in 1849, where Franklin’s elder brother Henry was Chief Secretary to the government. On his death, Lear left all his papers to Lushington, who later destroyed most of them.

This watercolour has fading, foxing and discolouration especially to the upper left corner as visible in the image, with two large spots and a third close by just under the mount.

This is light foxing elsewhere throughout the watercolour.

The work is signed and dated to bottom right corner.  

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