Edward Lear, A Cottage by a Stream (1839)

 

Edward Lear, A Cottage by a Stream.
Signed and dated May 16th 1839. Pencil, unframed. 25.25 x 36.75cm; 10 x 14½in.

Provenance

Captain (later Admiral) R.A. Oliver, served in New Zealand, and the south seas, in the late 1840s and early 1850s, charting the waters, particularly that of Queen Charlotte’s Sound in the north of the South Island.
By descent

Edward Lear went to Italy in July of 1837 for 10 years, soon after these sketches were drawn.

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Edward Lear, Study of an Ash (1837)

Edward Lear, Study of an Ash.
Signed, titled and dated 1837. Pencil, unframed. 25.25 x 36.75cm; 10 x 14½in.

Provenance

Captain (later Admiral) R.A. Oliver, served in New Zealand, and the south seas, in the late 1840s and early 1850s, charting the waters, particularly that of Queen Charlotte’s Sound in the north of the South Island.
By descent.

Edward Lear went to Italy in July of 1837 for 10 years, soon after these sketches were drawn.

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Edward Lear to Miss Selwyn

Edward Lear: Autograph letter addressed to Miss Selwyn, San Remo, 19 April, 1883, 3 pp., 8vo, with two pen and ink drawings of skipping lambs and a large self-portrait caricature of Lear taking a tumble, writing of his “head being bad. It was blown off in the high wind here some weeks ago, & was only found …. after a severe search, & then so covered with grasshoppers and dust that it had to be put in the cistern….” in his characteristic self-mocking tone, signed “Yours sincerely Edward Lear” small tear to second sheet, the two sheets separated at the fold and with a small tear of c.1cm just touching the writing.

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Another Edward Lear Letter to Mrs Hankey

Edward Lear:  Autograph letter addressed to Mrs. Hankey, from Rendcomb Park, Cirencester, dated Sept. 1, 1872, 3pp. 8vo., written at speed in his characteristic hand, linking many of the words, concerning commissions for drawings, his movements and an account of a recent mishap: “at Derby where I ran away from a bull and tried to get over a gate and caught my foot and fell and hurt my face badly and my face a beautiful purple and green and I’ll never go into any field again or over any gate or near any bull, no, not even a bullfinch” signed with a caricature drawing of him falling forward onto his face.

[Together with]: Incomplete autograph letter, no addressee, 2pp. 8vo., talking of his endless need to find places to stay, and his dread of going to local churches, signed “Edward” and with the usual pig drawing beside the signature.

[And]: A fine sheet of pen and ink drawings by Lear, inscribed Shipborne Grange 16 Sept.r, 1872, of the artist as a bird with large wings, an owl, and two ‘nonsense’ birds beneath, one sheet, 182 x 108mm.

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Also:

Lengthy autograph letter [to Mrs Hankey], signed Edward Lear, San Remo, August 4, 1873, closely written on 4pp., 8vo, discussing the zoological drawings he made for Bell, materialism and beliefs, and a great deal of detail about life in Italy, including olive-picking and the trees and plants: “The growth of vegetation here is really absurd Passion flowers are a positive pest. They sprout up in all places and at all seasons.”

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Ann Mortimer’s Owl and Pussy-cat

Anne Mortimer R.M.S., S.B.A., (b.1958)
They dined on mince and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon
Signed. Watercolour, mounted, unframed. 18.5 x 38cm; 7¼ x 15in.

Illustration from The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, published by Harper Collins 2008.

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An Edward Lear Letter to Mrs Thomson Hankey

Edward Lear: Autograph letter addressed to Mrs. Thomson Hankey, Brambridge Place, Winchester, dated 9 Sept. 1867, on blue paper, 2 pp. 4to, the first page nearly filled (c. 150 x 200mm) with a large drawing of Lear ensconced in a melon-bed – “if you have any doubt about having room for me – it has occurred to me that there must be Melon-beds in the garden, & I could sleep perfectly well in one of these- provided that I might use a Melon as a pillow I should prefer one without toads to sleep in ” signed Edward Lear, and with the small drawing of a pig beside.

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomson Hankey.

Hankey (1805-93) was a politician, political economist, and Whig MP between 1859 and 1878. Edward Lear made many acquaintances during his life as an itinerant and, often financially needy, artist. He seems to have built up a close friendship, however, with Mrs. Hankey.

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Edward Lear, Study of a Bramble

Edward Lear, Study of a Bramble.
Artist’s pencil note reads `items all deep red`, pen and sepia ink, on a shaped piece of paper (possibly from a sketchbook leaf). Paper 6.5 x 29cm approx.

Provenance: London, The Fine Art Society Ltd, The Travels of Edward Lear, October-November 1983 (ex catalogue)

A little pale; slight marks at leaf edges; mounted on a support sheet.

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