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Edward Lear’s Letters in Italian 2: 22 March 1845 to A.M. Ricci

This is the second surviving letter Edward Lear wrote to Angelo Maria Ricci, again mentioning a mysterious project to illustrate the seventh book of the Aeneid, which was never completed, and which ― from the tone of the letter ― Lear himself seems … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Letters in Italian 1: 18 December 1844 to A.M. Ricci

Edward Lear wrote at least two letters to Angelo Maria Ricci, discussing a project of his I had never read about. They are both at Biblioteca comunale di Rieti, Fondo Ricci, F=1=16/212 (many thanks to Ms Carla Moroni for supplying … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Greek Journals

The journals Edward Lear kept before 1858 are lost. Though we know that in 1885 he still had “60 volumes of Diaries” (letter to Fortescue, 30 April 1885, Selected Letters, p. 269), these were destroyed or distributed among Lear’s friends by … Continue reading

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A Hidden Drawing and a Self-Caricature by Edward Lear

At the end of the month Bonhams will be auctioning three interesting items of leariana. The most surprising is perhaps a letter to Mrs. Digby Wyatt, wife of Matthew Digby Wyatt, “a British architect  and art historian who became Secretary … Continue reading

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Lear the Beggar

Another letter to Thomas Woolner containing a nice self caricature of Edward Lear begging sandwiched between two views of Palermo. Notice that Lear’s beard is a bit like Garibaldi’s who had conquered Palermo on 6 June. The Expedition of the … 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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