Edward Lear



After leaving ‘Albania’ on November 11, 1848, at the end of his first journey, Lear spent nine days in quarantine on the island of Santa Maura, present-day Lefkada. Since 1810, Lefkada had been ruled by the British, who, by 1815, were in control of Corfu and the other Ionian islands. It wasn’t until 1864 that The United States of the Ionian Islands were finally ceded to Greece.

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After his quarantine on the island of Lefkada (Santa Maura) Lear travelled to Malta … then Egypt etc and back to Greece for two months with FL.

After bidding farewell to Lushington, Lear spent 5 days in Corfu catching up with old acquaintances before hitching a ride to Preveza on a ship carrying a party of Albania-bound British consular officials.

We were off Prévyza at four p.m., when I once more set foot in Epirus. Signor Damaschinó, the Vice-consul at Ioánnina, and my acquaintance of last year, his wife, and her brother Viani, were also of the Albanian-bound party, and we were all soon heartily welcomed at the Consulate by Mr. Saunders and his ever-hospitable family.