Sepia tinted lithograph heightened in white, sheet 270 x 370mm. 10˝ x 14˝".
Rieti is a town in Lazio, central Italy. The town centre rests on a small hilltop, commanding a wide plain at the southern edge of an ancient lake. The area is now the fertile basin of the Velino River. From 'Illustrated excursions in Italy' by Edward Lear (1812 - 1888), artist and author. Lear was born at Holloway, London, on 12 May 1812. From 1836 he devoted himself to the study of landscape, and in 1837, partly for the sake of his health, he left England, and never afterwards permanently resided in his native country. For several years he lived at Rome, where he earned a good living as a drawing-master. He wandered as a sketcher through many parts of Southern Europe and in Palestine, and published some interesting and well-written records of his travels. His landscapes, which belong to the ‘classic’ school, combine boldness of conception with great skill and accuracy of detail. The last few years of his life were spent at San Remo, where he died and was buried in 1888. Numbered 'Plate 15' upper right.
Abbey Travel: 172, 15.
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