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Jennie Feldman, The Grey Bird

No bright rhyme for this backward glare, the oboe-squawk half throttled with hindsight’s effort. Barely, acrobatically, hanging on. Is it in the way fear squiggles a frown and overdoes the eye’s black brow that we glimpse relief? Gravity resisted against … Continue reading

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Jennie Feldman, The Black and White Bird

Lifted birdily out of the sober quirks of sadness, not to be weighed down. Forget the palette, the easel-hours stuck sitting like a petrified gorilla— here’s quick strokes, dark washes. Poised ambiguities: landing / taking off? One bright eye unfailing dares … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Indian Trees

For sale from Donald A. Heald. Indian Trees, Palms and Bamboos [cover title of an album of 19 original watercolours mostly of Indian landscape by Edward Lear] San Remo, Italy: 1878-1882. Folio. (19 x 12 inches). 19 original watercolour drawings … Continue reading

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Edward Lear at 73½

Edward Lear. aet. 72.½ His cat Foss, aet 16.

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There was an Old Man with a Book

There was an old man with a Book — Who said, “Only look! Only look! — “Obsquation, — obsgration, — “At Waterloo station — Enquire if there ain’t such a book!” Limerick on the publication of Edward Lear’s Views in … Continue reading

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Edward Lear in 1884

Exact likeness of me and my cat Foss, 23 February, 1884. Private Collection, The Walthall Family. The Guardian (2012).

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Edward Lear: Letter to Lord Lindsay

3 November. My dear Lord Lindsay, I have but a very few moments to thank you for a most kind letter & for the Cheque for 5£ it Contains. I shall like to hear that you & Lady Lindsay are … Continue reading

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