Edward Lear, Venice (1865)

Edward Lear, Venice.
Pen, ink and watercolour, inscribed “Venice Nov 11 4 pm 1865 (8)”, also with colour annotations throughout 12 x 34cms.

The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Girgeh on the Nile (1857)

Edward Lear, Girgeh on the Nile.
October 1857 (not 1859 as in the auction post, not sure on the day either)

Sold with:

Edward Lear, Figures in a Mountain Landscape.
4 June 1852.

The Saleroom.

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Not by Edward Lear

Lear, Edward; Valentine; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/valentine-84944

If, like me, you sometimes visit ArtUK to see if there is anything new by Edward Lear, you might have noticed that there are two paintings which look completely different from his other ones. A few days ago Matt Bevis wrote to ask my opinion and I confirmed that they did not look like Lear’s to me; he then contacted Stephen Duckworth who remembered that Charles Lewsen had actually identified the author of the two painting, not Edward but Charles Hutton Lear (1818-1903).

Lear, Edward; Launce and His Dog; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/launce-and-his-dog-84943

CH Lear appears to have drawn several pencil portrait now at the National Portrait Gallery; not much information is available on him. Here is another picture in the same style:

ArtUK, by the way, has another picture by Charles Hutton Lear, which is correctly attributed, though it looks a bit more learian than the others:

Lear, Charles Hutton; Beech Trees; Walker Art Gallery;http://www.artuk.org/artworks/beech-trees-9

This is vaguely reminiscent of Edward Lear’s two landscapes which also portray the Congreve children with their cat, posted here and here.

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Edward Lear’s “Rich and rare were the gems she wore”

I have already discussed Edward Lear’s Irish sources herehere and here. Another fine instance is the parody in four pictures that Lear drew of Thomas Moore’s “Rich and rare were the gems she wore” from the first volume of Moore’s Irish Melodies (1807):

RICH and rare were the gems she wore,
And a bright gold ring on her wand she bore;
But, O, her beauty was far beyond
Her sparkling gems or snow-white wand.

“Lady! dost thou not fear to stray,
So lone and lovely, through this bleak way?
Are Erin’s sons so good or so cold
As not to be tempted by woman or gold?”

“Sir Knight! I feel not the least alarm,
No son of Erin will offer me harm;
For though they love woman and golden store,
Sir Knight! they love honor and virtue more!”

On she went, and her maiden smile
In safety lighted her round the green isle;
And blest forever is she who relied
Upon Erin’s honor and Erin’s pride!

What makes these illustrations (from Lear in the Original pp. 169-173) particularly interesting is that they are clearly no more than an expansion of a caricature by Thomas Hood and show that much of Lear’s early work was inspired by his punning humourous work; here is Hood’s illustration for the poem from his Whims and Oddities, in Prose and Verse (London: Lupton Relfe, 1826), facing page 13:

This was first noted by Michael Heyman, Isles of Boshen: Edward Lear’s Literary Nonsense in Context (Thesis submitted for the Degree of PhD, University of Glasgow, Faculty of Arts, Department of English Literature, 1999), pp. 32-33.

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Edward Lear, Ithaca (1863)

Edward Lear, Ithaca.
Inscribed with title and dated 1 May 1863 2.30pm, numbered ‘114’, pen, ink and watercolour and inscribed with notes, 33 x 49cm. The Department of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum Oxford label verso.

Mallam’s Oxford.

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Edward Lear, Some Birds from John Gould’s Birds of Europe

Little Egret.

Great Black-Backed Gull, Audouin’s Gull [and] Glaucous Gull.

Great Egret.

Great Bustard.

Rock Ptarmigan.

Edward Lear’s lithographs with contemporary hand colouring, old ‘punch holes’ to upper margin, 340 x 520 mm. Originally published in John Gould’s ‘Birds of Europe’.

From The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt (1867)

Edward Lear, Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt.
Titled Abu Simbl, dated 9-10AM, 9 Feby 1867, and numbered 382 once in pencil and once in ink, also inscribed with artist’s notes. Pen, brown ink, pencil and watercolour 25.5 x 54cm; 10 x 21¼in.

Agnews Mid 1960s The collection of Captain R. Gordon Canning Ian Cook, Exeter Christie’s, London, 10th December 2008, Lot 49.

Edward Lear arrived at Abu Simbel on 8th February 1867 on his 2nd tour of Egypt. This view is of the large Temple of Abu Simbel on the left and to the right the Facade of the small temple dedicated to Nefertari with Lake Nasser in the foreground

Woolley & Wallis.

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