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Edward Lear (1812-1888)
'PARGA, ALBANIA' Signed twice with monogram l.r. and inscribed verso '17 No 98 Parga Albania Sketches Parga 1849', watercolour and bodycolour over pencil 16.5 x 26cm Provenance: Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd. No.29802. This view shows the Venetian fort in Parga. The diaries and paintings that resulted from his trip to Greece and Albania were published in 1851 in 'Journal of a Landscape Painter in Greece and Albania'. Edward Lear's journey to Albania in 1848 had not been planned; it came about through a chance meeting with Sir Stratford Canning, the British Ambassador in Constantinople who obtained the necessary papers for travel through the Ottoman Empire. Starting from Salonica, Lear went north to Shkoder, then south to Corfu, Parga and Arta before turning west again to end his travels at Mount Olympus and the Vale of Tempe.