Heritage Malta’s exhibition, ‘Edward Lear in Gozo – 150 years later’, is being extended for another month.
The Expresso exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Edward Lear’s stay in Gozo is currently held at Heritage Malta’s office in Cittadella, Rabat.
During his one week sojourn between 16th March and 23rd March 1866, the British artist went out for daily walks around the sister island of Malta, capturing many of its picturesque views in his quick yet faithful sketches. He sketched over 80 drawings en plein air (requires to carry tools in the open and sketch on site). The main localities Lear visited on the island of Gozo are Rabat, Gelmus Hill, Ras il-Wardija, the Fungus Rock at Dwejra, Għarb, Xagħra, The Ġgantija Temples, Marsalforn, Żebbuġ, Fontana, Xlendi, Sannat, Mġarr ix-Xini, Ta’ Ċenċ, Fort Chambray, Mġarr, Għajnsielem, Nadur and Ramla Bay.
Lear’s works on the island form part of the national collection. The focus of the exhibition is on the Gozo works, however five other Lear views of Malta are being exhibited as part of the same collection. A recently acquisitioned Ħaġar Qim sketch is being exhibited for the first time.