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 ½ x 19 ½ inches
'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.