Kangchenjunga from Darjeeling by Edward Lear

The work depicts Mount Kangchenjunga, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, and the picture is based on studies made around Daarjeeling in 1874.


Oil on canvas
117 x 178 cm
Art Fund grant:
£150,000 ( Total: £300,000)
Acquired in:
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

It was executed in Lear's studio following his return from India. The composition references traditional landscape conventions and the Sublime, and betrays the artist's delight in exotic detail. The V-shaped format of lush foothills opening to the vast snow-covered mountain conjures up the feelings of attraction and repulsion that Lear expressed in his diary. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Edward Lear; Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Lord Aberdare; Henry Campbell Bruce, 2nd Lord Aberdare; Mountain Ash Urban District Council, 1924; Rhondda Cynon Taf Council; Bonham's, 2005 (unsold).

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 museum.wales/

Entry details

Free to all
Offers with National Art Pass

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan