Author Archives: Marco Graziosi

Son of A Wheelbarrow to Hell

From Yale University, Beinecke Library MS 404, Rothschild Canticles, 169v (thanks to Francois Soyer). Previous instalments: The Natural History of the Wheelbarrow, A Wheelbarrow to Hell. Rather than devils carrying souls to hell, the scene seems to represent a (good?) … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Letter to Mrs Ford

5 Stratford Place. 30 June 1865 Dear Mrs. Ford, I send you 2 photographs for your collection; — one, (the most professional,) was done this winter: the other — (the head,) — some time back: it is said by my … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Mucous Membrane (Another Unpublished Poem and a ‘Drama’)

Harvard University, Houghton Library MS Typ 55.14, item 93: Once I had a Mucous Membrane And I kept him in a box ― Which the lid I fastened down with 3 of Brahmah’s patent locks. So ― said I ― … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s The Little Mouse: An Unpublished Poem

This poem does not appear in The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense; Vivien Noakes mentioned it in a note to “The Uncareful Cow, who walked about” on p. 515, but obviously considered this sketch too rough to be published, and she was probably right, as … Continue reading

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And What About Charles?

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] The 18th son Charles had an interesting story, he became medical Missionary and went to the West coast of Africa, was a great favourite of the Chiefs, and when he nearly died of malaria, … Continue reading

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“Twentieth of Twenty-one”: Edward Lear and his Siblings (3)

[Part 1] [Part 2] The Lears were non-conformists and had their children baptized at the Meeting House at Haberdashers’ Hall by Pastor Joseph Brooksbank, and all the children who reached adulthood, except Charles, appear in the “Register of Births and … Continue reading

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“Twentieth of Twenty-one”: Edward Lear and his Siblings (2)

[Part 1] [Part 3] A second group of family documents is located at the National Art Library in London, “Papers of Ellen Newsom (Née Lear) and her family, 1795-1884,” (Manuscript MSL/1985/3) which includes several items relating to the family, among … Continue reading

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