Mentone, Pont St.Louis

Edward Lear, 1864-12-09

WAG 8149

About this object

Lear was travelling along the border of Italy and France when he made this work. He had recently left Corfu and was feeling low, depressed and exhausted. He liked Mentone, particularly it's 'wonderfully beautiful groves of lemon', but described it as 'too shut in and befizzled a place for me' and stated it was 'intolerable and unwholesome from it's overcrowded Anglicism.'

Lear used this drawing as the basis for an illustration of the poem 'The Daisy' by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892). It was one in a series of 199 drawings made by Lear to illustrate the poet's work in 1885. 'Mentone, Pont St. Louis' was used for number 156 in the series. The drawings were never published and they are now in the collection of the Houghton Library at Harvard University in the United States (MS Typ 55.7).

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Edward Lear (British: English, born:12 May 1812, died:29 January 1888)
  • Date
    1864-12-09
  • Materials
    Gouache; Ink; Watercolour; Pen; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 24 cm x 34.1 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape view of the coast of Mentone, Pont St. Louis in purple and beige tones. The artist has extensively annotated the watercolour with the date, place made and colour indications.
  • Related people
    Appleby Brothers (Previous owner); Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Edward Lear (Artist/maker); Spink And Sons (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8149
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Spink And Sons

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Appleby Brothers

    Owned from: 1965
    How acquired: Bought at Sotheby's on 10 November 1965, Lot 90
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 9 Decbr. 1864
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: Mentone (Pont St.Louis) (22) / 11.30 P.M. / 30 min. P.M
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: 20 W 2175
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: Spink and Son K3/2877 £440
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: 9041da S. int 90 / 10.11.65 / cost RRN/-/-
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    Inscription location: Back
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