Edward Lear, Stretti di San Luigi (1844)

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Edward Lear, Stretti di San Luigi, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, wash, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower left, inscribed Stretti di San Luigi lower right. 16.5 x 10 cm. (6 1/2 x 4 in), corners trimmed.

Provenance:
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Engraved:
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, vignette no. 23, p.91

” … the Stretti di San Luigi, is of fearful height and narrowness, and except in summer weather is totally impassable. Eagles and ravens abound throughout the whole of this terrific gorge, whose aspect chills the mind, as much as the cold wind sweeping through it does the body.” [op. cit. , 1846, p. 91]

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, Civita d’Antino (1844)

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Edward Lear, Civita d’Antino, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, heightened with white, on light blue paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Civita d’Antino lower left. 16.5 x 28.5 cm. (6 1/2 x 11 1/4 in).

Provenance:
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Engraved:
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 20

“Civita d’Antonio, a wild and scattered place, has a poetical and sullen grandeur in its aspect, as if it were altogether out of the world of life: no other dwellings are in sight and its own bear the stamp of desolate and melancholy antiquity.” [op. cit., 1846, p.74]

Bloomsbury.

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The Natural History of Edward Lear

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Robert Peck’s book on Edward Lear’s career as a zoological illustrator is out; I thought it would be in large part a reprint of his essay in the Harvard Library Bulletin enhanced with reproduction, but it is actually a different, greatly expanded essay, which examines the whole of Lear’s early years and his relationships with several of the most important naturalists of the age. It is a must read book containing quite a lot of new information on Edward Lear.

For more read this review from the Washington Post, which highly recommends the book.

Amazon USA, Amazon UK.

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Edward Lear, Campagna di Roma (1844)

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Edward Lear, Campagna di Roma.

A pair, watercolours, over pencil, with touches of white, both on light blue laid paper. Both signed, dated 1844 , and inscribed Campagna di Roma , and [?]For S. G⁂ , respectively. 4.5 x 9 cm. (1 3/4 x 3 1/2 in), and 8 x 12 cm. (3 1/8 x 4 3/4 in).

Provenance:
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Bloomsbury.

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A Limerick by Toti Scialoja

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From C’è qualcuno che sa leggere? the new children’s literature supplement of the Sole 24 Ore of 20 November 2016.

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Edward Lear, Albe (1844)

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Edward Lear, Albe, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, grey wash, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Albe lower left. 14 x 26 cm. (5 1/2 x 10 1/4 in), corners trimmed.

Provenance:
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Engraved:
Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 17

“Two afternoons I devoted to visiting Alba, the ancient Alba Fucinensia, which stands on a double hill, about two miles only from Magliano, though the walk thither across the plain, covered with stones, is as fatiguing as treble the distance on a decent road”. [op.cit., 1846, p. 70]

Bloomsbury.

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Edward Lear, Antrodoco (1844)

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Edward Lear, Antrodoco, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, heightened with white, on light blue paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower left, inscribed Antrodoco lower right. 13 x 18 cm. (5 1/8 x 7 in).

Provenance:
John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Bloomsbury.

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