Mount Dirphys, Euboea, watercolour, 21 June 1848. Private collection.
Edward Lear first visited Greece in 1848. During his two-month tour to Athens, mainland Greece and the island of Euboea, he made almost 150 landscape drawings and kept a diary of his experiences and impressions. Many years later, Lear’s travelling companion, Charles Church, wrote up his own reminiscences of their trip, incorporating parts of Lear’s diary.