Edward Lear visited Greece in 1848

During his two-month tour to Athens, mainland Greece and the island of Euboea, Edward Lear 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.

On these pages you can read the resultant Journal, together with Church’s Introduction, and see some of Lear’s drawings and paintings of the places they visited.

You will also find details of the method and organisation of Lear’s pictures.

A plan of their journey, together with Maps of the region are provided to help you get your bearings.

Further information about the project includes a description of the original typescript (now in the Westminster School Archive), biographical information about Charles Church and acknowledgements.

4 Responses to Edward Lear visited Greece in 1848

  1. Peter Byrne says:

    Thanks for you excellent endeavour that will nicely complement Marco Graziosi longterm efforts.

  2. Dudley Moore says:

    Excellent site. Thank you for sharing the information. Do you have any knowledge of his diaries from when he was at Mycenae in the Peloponnesse of Greece in March 1849?

  3. Simon Townsend says:

    An excellent source of information. Could I ask, do the journals refer to his visit to Thessaloniki, there are at least two watercolours of the Macedonian city.

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