Lear's Projected "Topography of Greece"

Above Eriligova [present-day Arnaia], a distant view of Mount Athos, 29 August 1856.
Art Gallery of South Australia.

Of all Edward Lear’s extensive travels, he retained a special affection for Greece, and a feeling that his own vision as a topographical artist might suit the Greek landscape.

“I cannot but think that Greece has been most imperfectly illustrated . . .  the vast yet beautifully simply sweeping lines of the hills have hardly been represented I fancy—nor the primitive dry foregrounds of Elgin marble peasants &c.  What do you think of a huge work (if I can do all Greece)?” (from a letter of August 1848).

Although Lear never succeeded in his aim of publishing the whole of his “polygraphic Hellenic proclivities”, his Greek journeys can now be reconstructed fairly accurately, from manuscripts, drawings and paintings and from a variety of printed and online sources.

When complete this site will list Lear's travels in Greece in chronological order, with details of collections and publications, and links to other resources.