Cerbasa

Edward Lear, 1860

WAG 984

About this object

Lear has written the word 'Cerbasa' on this watercolour. This has led previous curators and scholars to identify the view as Cerbasa in the Ionian Islands off mainland Greece. The view does not correlate to any known place in the Ionion Islands though. This discrepancy can be accounted for by considering that Lear often mis-spelt place names or simply didn't know the name of the place he was visiting. "Cerbasa" could be Lear's spelling of "Cervara" or "Cervaro", seven miles from the centre of Rome. It is likely to have been made as a sketch to later turn into an oil painting back in studio.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Cerbasa, Ionian Islands
  • Artist(s)
    Edward Lear (British: English, born:12 May 1812, died:29 January 1888)
  • Date
    1860
  • Materials
    Ink; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 23.4 cm x 46.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A watercolour landscape depicting two caves on the left hand side. Three figures stand isolated on the hillside. The drawing is extensively annotated by the artist.
  • Related people
    Art Exhibitions Bureau (Previous owner); Edward Lear (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 984
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1943
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Art Exhibitions Bureau

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1943
    Disposal method: Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1943

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 25 Feby 1860
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: Cerbasa
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: Bowlet Label F24760
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    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: 127 longwise alone
    Inscription method: Pencil
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    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: Cerbasa Ionian Islands
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    Inscription location: Below pciture; Under mount
Object view = Fine Art
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