Author Archives: Marco Graziosi

Edward Lear, Civitella di Subiaco

Another picture from Edward Lear’s projected set of Tennyson illustrations which was also realized as a watercolour: “Morn broaden’d on the borders of the dark,” from Tennyson’s A Dream of Fair Women (from Ruth Pitman’s Edwawrd lear’s Tennyson, p. 101). A colour … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Pentedatelo

LEAR Edward,‘Pentedatelo’ (sic. Pentedattilo), Calabria. Ink and watercolour. Signed and inscribed. Lear’s Diary (30th July 1847) ‘ … the wild crags of Pentedatelo particularly arrested our attention…’ A sketch for the ill.opp.p.190, ‘Pentedatilo’, ‘Journals of a landscape painter in Southern … Continue reading

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Repeated Nonsense: A Learesque Manuscript

Ekaterina Shatalova (see here) sends the description of a manuscript copying several of Edward Lear’s limericks together with pictures; here they are: A rather delightful album of 15 original ink drawings repeating some of Lear’s limericks from Book of Nonsense. … Continue reading

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More Summer Readings

Lecercle, Jean-Jacques. “Le nonsense entre image et texte.” Image [&] Narrative 19.2 (2018): 51-60. [Largely devoted to Edward Lear’s limericks.] Lecercle, Jean-Jacques. “Bêtise du limerick.” Humoresques 42 (2015-2017): 63-74. [Humoresques. This is mentioned in the article above, I haven’t seen … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Val Montone

Edward Lear, Val Montone. Signed ‘E. Lear’ (lower left); signed and inscribed ‘Please write to me soon/Yours Affs/Edward Lear’ (on an old label attached to the reverse); bears inscription (on the reverse). Oil on canvas. 31 x 43.7cm (12 3/16 x 17 3/16in). Provenance Heber-Percy … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

The New York Times at last reviews Jenny Uglow’s Lear biography, Mr Lear: David Orr, There Once Was a Man Who Felt Lonely: A Biographer Considers Edward Lear’s Art and Its Sources. A few week ago Peter Byrne, a frequent commentator … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Akhridha (1848)

Edward Lear, Akhridha. Inscribed and dated ‘Akhridha/Sept.23./1848’ (lower left); numbered ‘(53)’ (lower right); variously annotated throughout. Pen and brown ink and watercolour heightened with white. 27.3 x 43.8cm (10 3/4 x 17 1/4in). Provenance Gilbert Davis Collection. Private collection, UK. Exhibited London, The Fine Art Society, Edward … Continue reading

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