Edward Lear. Views in Rome and Its Environs. London, 1841.
Edward Lear (1812-1888), author of books of nonsense and purveyor of limericks, was a landscape painter by profession. Beginning in 1837, he spent several winters in Italy and Views of Rome records his first impressions of the land that was to become a second home to him. It contains some of Lear’s most successful topographical work and shows that his interest was in romantic, picturesque panoramas rather than in the Holy City itself.