Edward Lear is an artist who we encountered a few times on this blog. He visited Mount Athos in september 1856 and made then some 50 drawings of the monasteries and landscapes of the highest quality. Researcher Stephen Duckworth is a specialist on Lear and will talk about Lear’s stay on Athos in november 2016 during the Autumn lecture organized for the Friends. But he is still researching and looking out for drawings and new documentation such as the exact location, the date, past owners of the drawings. Duckworths website shows his findings on Lear’s drawings of Crete.
Please react if you know more about the Athos drawings. Here are the ones that can be found on the internet:
Lear already sailed along the mountain in 1839 when he was on the boat from Saloniki to Kavala.
A distant view on the mountain (29th august) probably drawn on Sithonia.
Docheiariou 1856. Exact date unknown. Here a photo from 1980 from almost the same position.
Near Pantocratoros (2 sept) and view on Stavronikita.
Filotheou, 3rd september 1856.
I think this is Filotheou too because it is also the 3rd of september.
Karakalou in the direction of the sea and to the mountain. (4 sept)
Lavra, 6th sept
Arsanas Lavra, named Mandraki. Here on a short film I made.
On the left drawing the island of Thassos in the distance. Date: 8th sept.
Paulou with the river in front who is recently canalized.
Simonos Petras (11 sept) and Karyes (12 sept).
Konstamonitou (16 sept) from a private collection.
Sografou 17 sept
Near Niacoro (Neochori) and from above Iscoro both dated 21 september 1856.
Beautiful pictures and wonderful times for the traveller!.
Do you know Harvard Uni’s site for Lear?
A Blog of Bosh | Edward Lear and Nonsense Literature nonsenselit.wordpress.com Would you believe this is a characterization of Edward Lear? Miller, Sam. A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes. London: Vintage Books, 2014.
I’m sure they would like to post this….
have you copied this great post to Marco Graziosi at the Edward Lear blog ‘blog of bosh’
you should do – he would be very interested i’m sure.