Author Archives: Marco Graziosi

Edward Lear, A Mountain Valley

Edward Lear, A Mountain Valley. Inscribed with various artist’s notes. Pencil and ink, unframed . 33.6 x 53.9cm (13 1/4 x 21 1/4in). Bonhams.

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Not strange so blithesome I appear! I was brought up on Edward Lear

The following poem has been published on in William B. Osgood Field’s Edward Lear on My Shelves (p. 158). Osgood Field found it in a copy of Edward Lear’s 1871 Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets: A fly-leaf obviously from another copy, … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Edward Gibbon

On 2 January 1882 Edward Lear wrote in his diary that he “took a Gibbon’s Rise & Fall up to Mrs. Welfords” and then at the bottom of the page added a limerick obviously inspired by this event: the poem … Continue reading

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Peter Newell, The Johnson Family at the Columbian Exposition (1893)

One of the most annoying aspects of Peter Newell’s production was his frequent reliance on racial stereotypes, which often becomes racism tout court; here is what Bridget R. Cooks writes in “Fixing Race: Visual Representations of African-Americans att the World’s … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and his Garden

The last page of a letter from San Remo, by Edward Lear; from the George Gery Milner-Gibson-Cullum autograph collection at Trinity College Library, Cambridge.

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Carolyn Wells’s Lovely Lilly

Carolyn Wells often contributed to the children’s sections of newspapers in the first decade of the XX century. One of the weirdest of these contributions was no doubt Adventures of Lovely Lilly, which ran in the Sunday New York Herald from December 1906 … Continue reading

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More Summer Reading

It seems I missed several more articles on Edward Lear: Marroni, Francesco. “Byron, Edward Lear and the Riddle of Albania.” Skills and Tools to the Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management. Eds. Santoro, Sara, Eva Subias and Gloria Bolzoni. Teramo: Edizioni D’Errico, … Continue reading

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