About this artwork

Lear toured Mount Athos in northern Greece in 1856, sketching the monasteries and landscape. In a letter to his sister Ann, Lear described the approach: ‘one crosses a ridge of hills, whence Mount Athos is discovered – a blue peak on a bluer sea – seen above the most wondrous forests of beech I ever beheld… the wildest and grandest forest scenery’. This view is taken from the forest at the centre of the peninsula, looking towards the peak of Athos. Lear has used broad washes to convey the golden light and the shadows of the woodland foreground.

  • title:
    Athos from near Niacoro (Neochorio)
  • accession number:
    D 5551.10
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  • materials:
    Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    23.49 x 31.75 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