Lear in Greece 1856

Philates: the house of Jaffier Pasha (detail), 11, 12, 13 August 1857.

In August 1856 Lear set out from Corfu to visit Mount Athos, a journey that would take him right across the mainland and then via Salonica to the peninsula of Chalkhidiki. Notable sights on the way were the town of Ioannina and the Meteora monasteries.

Lear's written account of the journey, with a selection of his landscape drawings, will be added to this page in due course. His Mount Athos tour will be edited separately.

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  • Delvino, 9 August 1856. St Cross College, University of Oxford.

  • Philates, 10 August 1856. Gennadius Library, Athens.

  • Philates, 11 August 1856. William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London Borough of Waltham Forest.

  • Philates, 13 August 1856. Tate London © 2018.

  • A Greek Man at Philates, 10-14 August 1856. Guy Peppiatt Fine Art.

  • A Seated Greek at Philates, 10-14 August 1856. Guy Peppiatt Fine Art.

  • The landscape near Philates (Filiates) today.

  • Philates: the house of Jaffier Pasha, as sketched from memory by Lear many years later.

  • Above Eriligova (Arnaia), 29 August 1856.

  • Lear included small ink sketches in his letters from Greece.

  • Cavalla, 26 September 1856.