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Purchased, 1970. Museums Sheffield
Buon Ricovero, In the Roman Campagna, Italy
Date Made/Found: 1878
Artist: Edward Lear , British, 1812 - 1888
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 234 x 464mm Overall: 349 x 579 x 55mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.3644
Edward Lear arrived in Italy aged 25, and would make the country his adopted home for the rest of his life. Keen to explore the remotest parts of the country, he travelled around on horseback or foot, keeping a visual and written record of what he saw. This painting depicts what Lear described as the ‘wild and melancholy’ countryside around Rome, where ‘the mountains are quite blue, and the ground all sorts of lovely colours.’ The figures are probably fellow travellers; although drawn to the desertedness of the Campagna, Lear felt it was more comfortable to travel in numbers.
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