About this artwork

Lear arrived on the Greek island of Ithaca on 1 May 1848. He was delighted by the mountainous landscape and the panoramic views of the mainland and the neighbouring Ionian islands, Kefalonia and Lefkas. The harbour town of Vathi is the island’s capital. Lear pays particular attention in this drawing to the light and the shadows reflected on the calm sea. He was to return to Ithaca in 1863 to make sketches for his print publication, ‘Views in the Seven Ionian Islands’, in which he included a view of Vathi.

  • title:
    Vathl, Ithaca
  • accession number:
    D 5551.26
  • artist:
    Edward LearEnglish (1812 - 1888)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Pen and brown ink and watercolour with gouache over pencil on buff paper
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    25.40 x 43.81 cm
  • credit line:
    Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Gallery of Scotland, 2003

Edward Lear

Edward Lear