Valetta, Malta

Edward Lear, 1862-05-28

WAG 8147

About this object

This view was made from the public gardens in Valetta in Malta called the Barracca Gardens, looking towards the Manoel Island. The buildings illustrated are the Manoel Fortress and the Lazaretto of San Rocco. Lear stayed in Valetta from 25 May until 31 May 1862 whilst returning to England from Corfu. He wrote to Chichester Fortescue on 29 May that he "drew constantly on the Barracca point - meaning to paint a picture thereof one day."

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Edward Lear (British: English, born:1812-05-12, died:1888-01-29)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Ink; Pen; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 19 cm x 24.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A coastline with boats in the foreground and near the shore. The lower half of the drawing is annotated, inscribed with the date "28 May 1862" and a description of the work by the artist.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; Fine Art Society (Previous owner) ; Edward Lear (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8147
  • 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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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
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: 1960
    How acquired: Bought at Sotheby's on 30 November 1960, part of Lot 19
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 18 May 1862
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: part of sunset – all the water is grayer purple – vinous, ocrious, the lights of the walls and houses oker all still reflect very far down as are all the boats. The upper two churches remain redder and most prominent, the wall and furthest church at X the sky behind being gray?? and pink in the clouds above delicate lilac gray. I think the whole should be without distinct light and shade, the end (At 8) with churches above brighter, all else pretty monochromatic
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Lower left; Front
  • Inscription text: Half an hour or more after sunset it is more beautiful than ever so chose that time i.e 7.30 P.M. May 28th. Then the whole mass of building becomes one soft red pearly gray, on a dark ground of sea, the shades of daylight still remaining only paler, grayer
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Lower right; Front
Object view = Fine Art
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