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Edward Lear and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Almost two years ago I posted William Michael’s Rossetti’s reminiscences of Edward Lear. Neither Rossetti nor Hunt, in his memories on Edward Lear in Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (London: Macmillan & Co., 1905, vol 1, pp. 328ff) mention that Lear was also … Continue reading

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Awful Protection against Midges

John Everett Millais, Awful Protection against Midges, 1853. Pen and sepia ink on paper. Signed with monogram, inscribed and dated 1853. This drawing comes from a series of about twenty-five amusing records that Millais made as a visual diary of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Phonetics

John Well’s phonetic blog discusses what we can learn on Victorian pronunciation from Edward Lear’s limericks. The Opinionator NY Times blog suggests that Victorian naturalists might be a model for some of Lear’s most famous characters: The Brittle-Stars Danced. The … Continue reading

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The Day of the Wombat

Peacay of BibliOdyssey posts “some delightful scratchy illustrations from the 1962 book by Ruth Park, ‘The Adventures of the Muddle-headed Wombat’” in honour of Australia Day. So here is my homage. Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s lament for the death of his … 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, Thomas Woolner, and Edward Wilson

Edward Lear first met Edward Wilson in Rome in February 1860, when the latter brought him a letter from his friend and PRB fellow Thomas Woolner. That same night he wrote to Woolner, obviously in a very good mood, one … Continue reading

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