Charles Edward Perugini (British, 1839-1918)
The Green Lizard
Pencil and oil on artist’s board, 6 5/16 x 9 7/8 in.

Born in Naples, Perugini first trained in Italy before working in Paris under Ary Scheffer (1795-1858). He ultimately moved to London in 1863, where he is said to have worked as an assistant to Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). Perugini exhibited regularly at London’s Royal Academy; among the works he showed there was a 1902 painting called The Green Lizard (location unknown), for which the present work is a preparatory sketch.