The Mainland: The Peloponnese and Central and Northern Greece

Ioannina, oil on canvas, detail.
Ioannina oil

Ioannina, oil on canvas.  Private Collection.

September 1848: Macedonia

This was part of a longer journey (numbered series 1–218) which continued to present-day North Macedonia and Albania. Numbers 4–23  are within the present-day borders of Greece and include  Salonica, Yenidje [Giannitsa], Vodhena [Edessa] and Ostrovo [Arnissa].

From the sketches made on this journey and his 1849 journey to Epirus and Thessaly, Lear published Journals of a Landscape Painter in Greece and Albania, & c. (London: Richard Bentley, 1851).

Some excerpts from his journals and letters were published in Edward Lear in the Levant: Travels in Albania, Greece and Turkey in Europe, 1848–1849. Edited by Susan Hyman. (London: John Murray, 1988).

Edessa Tennyson illustration

"A land of streams", Vodghenà [Edessa], pen and ink illustration for Tennyson's poem "The Lotos-Eaters".  Houghton Library.

March–April 1849:  The Peloponnese, Attica and Central Greece

Numbered series: 1205.   See “Edward Lear in the Peloponnese”, website by Stephen Duckworth (under construction).

Egina, 5 April 1849. Benaki Museum.

Egina, 5 April 1849. Benaki Museum.

Bazaar Day, Levadhia, 1849. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Levadhia, 13 April 1849 (detail).

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

April–May 1849: Epirus and Thessaly

Numbered series 1–83.

Patras–Corfu–Preveza (Nicopolis)ArtaSuliParga IoanninaMetsovoMeteoraLarissaTempe LarissaTempeIoanninaPatras.

Storks, Larissa, May 1849. Houghton Library.

Storks, Larissa, 1849. Houghton Library.