View of Florence from Villa San Firenze

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Lear first went to Florence in 1839. He travelled to the city for a second time in the summer of 1861 to make a painting for one of his most consistent patrons, Frances, Lady Waldegrave (later Frances Fortescue). On 28 June 1861, he visited the Villa San Firenze on the outskirts of Florence. From here he sketched the city and, as he later recorded in his diary, 'drew cypresses between showers of rain'. This work was painted in the following year for Sir Thomas Fairbairn from drawings made on that day. It is one of three landscapes that Fairbairn commissioned from Lear.

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View of Florence from Villa San Firenze




oil on canvas


H 63 x W 127 cm

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purchased from Oscar & Peter Johnson, 1965

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