Edward Lear, Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi.
Signed ‘E.Le’ (lower right) and inscribed and dated ‘Tuglukubad.Delhi/March 12 1874’ (lower left). Watercolour over traces of pencil. 11 x 22cm (4 5/16 x 8 11/16in).
Lear went on a sketching trip to India in 1873-74 at the invitation of his friend, Lord Northbrook, then Viceroy. Lear stayed for 10 days in Delhi and described how he passed his time ‘..making Delhineations of the Dehlicate architecture as is all impressed on my mind as inDehlibly as the Dehliterious quality of the water of that city’ (The Later Letters of Edward Lear, ed. Lady Strachey, London, 1911, p. 171).
As announced a few days ago in The Dominion Post, an exhibition of the Edward Lear material in New Zealand has opened at the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt.
A long interview with Edward Lear’s descendant, Dr. Peter Gillies, from Radio New Zealand’s website, reveals that most of the material in the exhibition has appeared on this blog: Lear family portraits and Edward’s personal possession. However, Dr. Gillies also mentions “original limericks” and “15 letters to Holman Hunt” containing self-caricatures.
The Reading Society of Corfu will be hosting an event, “An Evening with Edward Lear,” with Nicholas Parsons on 9 October next, at 7.30 pm:
It seems I missed this important post on Gustave Verbeek (or Verbeck as the preferred spelling now seems to be) from the Stripper’s Guide in the series of Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Gustave Verbeck.
Here are three strips from Verbeek’s second series, The Twinklies, with rhymes by Paul West, which ran from 4 January to 15 February 1903:
New York World, 4 January 1903.
New York World, 11 January 1903.
New York World, 18 January 1903.
All samples from Peter Maresca’s Origins of Sunday Comics.
Harper’s Round Table, vol. 18, 5 November 1896, p. 24.
Harper’s Round Table, vol. 18, 15 June 1897, p. 888.
Harper’s Round Table, vol. 18, 15 December 1896, p. 164.