Cattaro, Yugoslavia

Edward Lear, 1866-04-27

WAG 8151

About this object

Cattaro is a medieval town which used to be in Yugoslavia, now Montenegro. Lear reached Cattaro by steamer from Periato, walking for miles along mountain roads the artist described as “wildly zigzagging”. In his diary, Lear described Cattato as 'a mere speck compared to the elegant ascent of the towering heights above' and 'a diminutive city nestled between stupendous precipices.' There are three similar sketches by Lear in the Houghton Library at Harvard University in the United States.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Edward Lear (British: English, born:1812-05-12, died:1888-01-29)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Gouache; Ink; Pen; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 38 cm x 56 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape view of the city of Cattaro, in present day Montenegro, nestled between huge mountains in purple and beige tones. The artist has annotated the watercolour with the date and place made as well as colour indications.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; Fine Art Society (Previous owner) ; Edward Lear (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8151
  • 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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    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd
    Date: 1970


Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: equeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Cattaro / (Kotor) / April 26 & 27 9.30 am 1866 / 9 / N13 and colour indications
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society / 7925 / 28 / April 1965
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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