A Treasure Which the Earth Keeps to Itself

Limonta, Lago di Como

I am off to my native Lake of Como, the middle and most beautiful of northern Italy’s lakes that the poet Wordsworth thought it “a treasure which the earth keeps to itself”. I am going to research a venue for Art to Heart’s next art course in Italy which I am planning for the Spring.

I have been doing a lot of preparatory work and on-line surfing though I know that it will be the on-site research that will determine most of the details. It will be hard work but somebody has to do it!

Amongst other things, I will be visiting the Stamperia Stampe Antiche in Lecco where I hope to find a wide selection of prints with views of the lake. Surfing their website I came across some beautiful watercolours by English artist Ella Mary Du Cane (1874 – 1943).

Ella Mary was the daughter of Sir Charles Du Cane di Braxted Park, Essex. She was born in Tasmania, where her father was Governor and later moved to London where she had a studio in Eaton Place 41. With her sister Florence, Ella Mary travelled extensively to Italy, Spain, Madeira, Japan and Egypt, producing a wide range of watercolours which had a remarkable commercial success.