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Drawing - Amalfi


  • Object:


  • Date:

    1838 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black chalk with touches of white gouache on grey-green paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 312

Physical description

Drawing in black chalk heightened white white gouache (bodycolour) showing an Italian cliffside town by the sea, with mountaintops in the background and four female figures on a road in the foreground.


1838 (made)


Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black chalk with touches of white gouache on grey-green paper

Marks and inscriptions

'AMALFI / E. LEAR. del. / 1838.'
Inscribed on lower right.


Height: 34.9 cm, Width: 25.4 cm

Object history note

This drawing dates from Lear's early Italian period (1837-1848), during which time he lived in Rome and travelled to other parts of Italy during the summer months. In 1838 Lear travelled south to Naples, and visited Amalfi where he made this drawing.

Descriptive line

Lear, Edward (1812-1888); Amalfi, 1838, pencil, pen and ink and chalks

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 94, fig. 71
pp. 97-9
Noakes, Vivien. Edward Lear, 1812-1888. Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1985


Black chalk


Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted




Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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