Benaki museum: Mr Edward Lear

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Mid-19th century sketches of ruins in the Peloponnese by Edward Lear.
Yes, that Edward Lear. Mr Limerick had another career as a painter, with a particular affinity with Greece. His manservant was a Suliote. Lear even visited the Greek colony in Corsica, but was disappointed that the locals had long abandoned traditional Greek dress, which ruined his plans for a really nice painting.
(The Greeks there had abandoned traditional dress to prevent them being too obvious a target for reprisals by Corsicans. I’ve written a bit about them in my time…)

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