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A New Collection, with a Never-before-Seen Portrait of Edward Lear

On the 1st August 2010 Vivien Noakes received an email telling her of some pictures owned by descendants of Sarah Street, née Lear. A further email yielded a few details; but the onset of Dr. Noakes’s final illness aborted the … Continue reading

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More to Read on Lear and Nonsense

When I last posted news of essays on Edward Lear I forgot to mention the following I learned about from John Varriano’s essay: Fiorentino, Emmanuel. “Edward Lear in Malta.” Proceedings of History Week 1984  (1986): 33-40. Available online as a … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Last Poem

Below are a picture and a transcript of Edward Lear’s “Some Incidents in the Life of My Uncle Arly.” The manuscript was sold at Bonhams in May 2013 as part of the Roy Davids Collection. Part III. Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Queen Victoria

In 1980, Marina Warner published an article on Queen Victoria’s art, which included a short examination of what Edward Lear taught her. Here is the relevant section: Under Albert’s bracing influence, Victoria wanted to improve, and as soon as the … Continue reading

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More on Edward Lear’s Aeneid Project

In the letter to Angelo Maria Ricci I posted a few days ago Edward Lear refers to problems with his eyesight. Stephen Duckworth kindly e-mailed me about this: I’ve just checked my list of (some of) his drawings by year … Continue reading

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A New Biography of Edward Lear

Pen Press have announced the publication of a new biography of Edward Lear: Pen Press are proud to announce the publication of The Owl and the Pussy Cats: Lear in Love, the Untold Story by Michael Montgomery.   Edward Lear (1812-1888) … Continue reading

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The French Princedom

It is well known that Edward Lear gave painting lessons to Queen Victoria and was never forgotten by the royal family. The Prince of Wales, for instance, visited his studio while in Rome in 1859 and Lear sounds relieved after … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Letters at the Glamorgan Archives

A group of important documents from the Aberdare family, previously on loan, have been permanently acquired by the Glamorgan Archives. These include a number of letters from Edward Lear to Henry Bruce and his wife, Arabella Beadon. One of these … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and G.F. Bowen

Lear first met George Fergusson Bowen in Rome in 1847, accepted his invitation to visit Corfu, and even considered the possibility of taking a post at the University of Corfu. In a letter to Ann during his first visit to … Continue reading

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