Pentedatelo, Calabria, Italy

Edward Lear British

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Lear made this drawing on a trip through southern Italy in 1847. His diary records that on July 30, he arrived, “at an elevated plateau whence the whole 'Toe of Italy' is finely discernible, a sea of undulating lines of varied forms down to the Mediterranean; a few towns glittered here and there, and towering over the southern extremity of land, a high cluster or rocks, the wild crags of Pentedátelo, particularly arrested our attention." From a villa surrounded by a grape arbor and melon patch we look toward a distant cluster of jagged peaks (the Pentedatelo, or Pentedattilo, a geological formation that resembles five fingers). The watercolor's original colors have faded significantly, but the work remains a useful record of Lear's journey.

Pentedatelo, Calabria, Italy, Edward Lear (British, London 1812–1888 San Remo), Watercolor over graphite

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