Edward Lear

Back of the Hemicycle Looking on to the Stadium, Palatine

1838

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Edward Lear 1812–1888
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 298 x 175 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Earl of Northbrook 1910
Reference
N02742

Display caption

In 1832, Lear became an ornithological draughtsman for the Earl of Derby, who kept a menagerie at Knowsley, Lancashire. In 1838, he wrote to the Earl from Italy: ‘As for Rome, (tho’ it is not Knowsley,) it is exquisite: its antiquity is my sole delight. Everybody is very kind and agreeable – and the artists and sculptors a very united body of people.

Gallery label, August 2004