More Edward Lear Manuscripts from Houghton

Near Cervia, 7 May 1867. Houghton Library MS Typ 55.26 NI.L10

Near Cervia, 7 May 1867. Houghton Library MS Typ 55.26 NI.L10

Houghton Library is proceeding with the digitization of their Edward Lear manuscript holdings, and a few days ago a new resource was made available: Edward Lear Landscape Drawings, 1838-1884.

EL_Narbada

Near Jabalpur: Falls of the Narmada, 28 November 1873. Houghton Library MS Typ 55.26 NII.R1.

The document contains over 3,500 links to good-resolution scans of Lear’s drawings arranged in chronological order, an invaluable resource. Read Houghton Library Blog’s announcement.

When I heard about this, I suddenly realised that I had not annouced several other resources that the library had been placing online, in particular Edward Lear miscellaneous drawings, 1849-1866 (MS Typ 55.14) which includes a wealth of drafts and proofs of the nonsense.

EL_Walrus

Edward Lear self-caricature and signature. Houghton Library MS Typ 55.14.

I have therefore decided to publish a document I have been preparing for some time. It contains a list of some of the Lear manuscripts in public collections I know of. This is clearly far from complete, and at the moment only includes the Houghton material, and not even all of it, but I’ll keep updating the list in the coming weeks.

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2 Responses to More Edward Lear Manuscripts from Houghton

  1. Colin West says:

    Thanks, Marco. Some lovely gems to look at!

  2. Brian Nolan says:

    Thanks so much for the link to the Houghton materials–wonderful!

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