Author Archives: Marco Graziosi

Edward Lear, View of Florence from Villa Petraja (1861)

Edward Lear, View of Florence from Villa Petraja. Signed with monogram and dated EL /1861 at lower left. Oil on canvas. 
47 x 75.5 cm (18 ½ x 29 ¾ in.). ‘At present I am at work ferociously on the … Continue reading

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Christmas Holiday Reading Online

Several new books by Edward Lear are now available in full online; of particular interest: Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense. First Edition. London: T. McLean, 1846. [Florida State University Digital Library] Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense. Third Edition. … Continue reading

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Review of an Edward Lear Exhibition, from The Tablet (1958)

Edward Lear IT is not only since the advent of Punch that Englishmen have claimed a sense of humour as their monopoly. As long ago as 1673 the Earl of Peterborough wrote of the Duchess of  Modena: “She is really … Continue reading

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Lear Drawings at King’s School, Canterbury

[In 2012, the King’s School in Canterbury held a bicentenary exhibition of its holdings of Edward Lear watercolours, part of an album of drawings donated by Hugh Walpole in 1938. Most of these works had already been presented by Charles … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, A View of Menton from across the Bay

Edward Lear, A view of Menton from across the bay. Signed with monogram (lower right). Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour. 16.5 x 26cm (6 1/2 x 10 1/4in). Lear had moved to Nice in November 1864 where he began work on … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The Valley of Jehosaphat with Jerusalem Beyond

Edward Lear, The Valley of Jehosaphat with Jerusalem beyond. Signed with monogram (lower right). Watercolour and bodycolour. 9.5 x 19.5cm (3 3/4 x 7 11/16in). Edward Lear travelled to Jerusalem from Corfu and arrived on 27 March 1858. His diary … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Dhows on the Nile at Sunset (1853)

Edward Lear, Dhows on the Nile at sunset. Inscribed and dated ‘4pm 31 December 1853′ (lower left). Watercolour, pen and ink. 9.5 x 23cm (3 3/4 x 9 1/16i. Bonhams.

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