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Lear arrived at the pass of Thermopylae during his visit to Greece in the summer of 1848. As was his habit, he made a number of pencil sketches which he later redrew in ink. He used these as the basis for a painting of 'The Mountains of Thermopylae' dated 1852 (Bristol City Art Gallery), one of a group of four landscapes painted according to the Pre-Raphaelite precepts of Holman Hunt. They were painted in translucent colours on a white ground.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 33.6 x W 53.8 cm (E)

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Presented by Pamela Schiele in memory of Isabel Olivier, 1997

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