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INSCRIBED WITH TITLE, 'ROOFS BROWN OR GREY – W CHIN' AND 'FLIES!' AND DATED '11 JULY 1861'
PEN AND INK WITH PENCIL ON TINTED PAPER
14 1/2 X 19 1/2 INCHES
EXHIBITED: 'CHRIS BEETLES SUMMER SHOW', 2016' NO 21
In his diary for 11 July 1861, Lear described Massa as ‘ἒτσι κ´ ἒτσι’, that is ‘so and so’, and added that he ‘had once seen that more than a day here would be troppo’. Initially, he found little ‘worth drawing’, but at 3:30pm, after lunch and a siesta, he went with Giorgio ‘to an isolated chestnut-&-pine covered hill & drew till 5.30. Oranges frequent’. That session resulted in the present drawing.