Lear wrote of Paxos, 'The difficulty in making Paxos picturesque. It reminds one of a Cornwall or Devon Cove without its picturesque houses. Great quiet is its characteristic.'
For a note on Lear's time in Greece, see lot 155.
Signature: Dated and numbered '5.45 April 8./1863/(21)' (lower right) and inscribed 'The campanile is only very faintly seen at times,/through the veil of olives. It is ochkry [sic] w_ gy.' (lower right) and extensively inscribed in Greek and with color notes (lower left)