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Edward Lear Drops Holman Hunt’s Letters (An Unpublished Letter)

The following is a note Edward Lear sent to William Holman Hunt explaining what happened to two of Hunt’s letters Lear was supposed to post from London. There is a short reference to the accident in today’s diary entry (19.ix.64): … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Picks up a Candle and Goes to Bed

I found this on my hard disk; can anyone say where this letter to Gussie Bethell can be found? “The Author of the Book of Nonsense takes up his candle & goes to bed.” Edward Lear, letter to Augusta Bethell of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear: An Unpublished Letter

A “signed two-page letter” by Edward Lear is being sold on eBay; it is pasted to the front end paper of the first American edition of the Nonsense Books (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1888). It is an invitation to Mr. and Mrs. … Continue reading

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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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