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Edward Lear’s Diaries Blog News

Tomorrow I will resume posting Edward Lear’s diaries from the date I stopped over a year ago. I will try to publish two-three entries a day until I reach the end of 1865, at which point Lear will be in … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Stratton Adventure and an Adventure with a Lady

“Self-portraits. 18–. MS Typ 55.20. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.” contains what appears to be part of a picture story: it tells of an adventure on a walk while at Stratton. Edward Lear often visited his old friend and … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s 1863 Tour of the Ionian Islands

In the spring of 1863, just before the Ionian Islands were ceded to Greece, Edward Lear started a tour of the seven islands which would result in a book of lithographs, Views in the Seven Ionian Islands, published in December of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Greek Journals

The journals Edward Lear kept before 1858 are lost. Though we know that in 1885 he still had “60 volumes of Diaries” (letter to Fortescue, 30 April 1885, Selected Letters, p. 269), these were destroyed or distributed among Lear’s friends by … Continue reading

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Near Khan, Lebanon

Edward Lear, Near Khan, Lebanon. Inscribed and dated ‘Lebanon./17.May.1858./near Khan’ (lower left) and numbered ‘(173)’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘vines and millions of/black pines’ (centre) and further inscribed with colour notes. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour, 13¾ x … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and the Brothers Dalziel

So far, Lear has mentioned his nonsense rhymes very little in the Diaries; for instance on 19 September 1860, while at Little Green with the Hornbys, one of the families that most appreciated his nonsense, he writes: I sang nonsense … Continue reading

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The French Princedom

It is well known that Edward Lear gave painting lessons to Queen Victoria and was never forgotten by the royal family. The Prince of Wales, for instance, visited his studio while in Rome in 1859 and Lear sounds relieved after … Continue reading

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