Lear’s Grecian Travels

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.


Together with Elizabeth Wells I have prepared a web edition of Edward Lear’s Grecian Travels: The Journal of a Tour in Attica and Euboea in 1848.