Lear's view of Himalayas to stay in Wales

  • 24 October 2006

One of Edward Lear's finest paintings has been purchased by the National Museum of Wales following months of negotiation and a major £150,000 grant from The Art Fund.

The painting was purchased by the Museum for £300,000.

Kangchenjunga from Darjeeling (1877) was being sold off by a Welsh district council. The painting was auctioned at Bonhams in May 2005 but was withdrawn after it failed to reach its reserve. After several months of behind-the-scenes negotiation the painting was acquired by the National Museum of Wales thanks to £150,000 from The Art Fund – half the cost of the work.

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an artist, illustrator and writer known for his nonsensical poetry and his limericks, a form which he popularised.

Kangchenjunga from Darjeeling was painted following Lear’s 15-month tour of India and Ceylon. The painting was commissioned by the statesman Henry Bruce, who became Lord Aberdare in 1873. It has remained in south Wales since it was painted. 

 

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