After Edward Lear

Group of three drawings with limericks, c1880. All in pen and ink, annotated either “5”, “10” or “11” in pencil in upper right corner, 18.7 x 26.7cm (paper). Stains, foxing and soiling overall, tears to edges, portions of paper corroded by ink, old vertical folds, tape verso. (Josef Lebovic Gallery).

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There was an old maid of Malines, who wore such a huge Crinoline,
That on one windy day, she was blown right away,
And was never more heard of or seen.

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There was an old Person of Brussels, who went out in a boat to catch mussels;
But a monstrous big shark, who was out for a lark,
Gobbled up this old Person of Brussels.

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There was An old Lady Of Yarrow, who always drove out in a barrow;
The barrow was small, which caused her to fall,
And spilled that old Lady of Yarrow.

I have put up a new book of limericks at nonsenselit.org: The Original Fifteen Gentlemen, Fathers of All Books of Nonsense, Dug Up and Reclothed after Living in the Dust for Forty Years. Published by Frederick Arnold, London, n.d. [probaly around 1865].

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