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Edward Lear, Cannes (1882)

Edward Lear, A view of Cannes Signed with monogram and dated ‘1882’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Cannes’ (lower left). Watercolour and gum arabic. 16.5 x 26cm (6 1/2 x 10 1/4in). Sold together with a letter from the artist. The present lot … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s First Impressions of Malta (an unpublished letter)

[This previously unpublished letter to his elder sister Ann tells of Edward Lear’s leaving Italy because of the 1848 insurrections; he was on his way to Corfu, where he had been invited by G.F. Bowen. It also contains Lear’s first … Continue reading

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A Day in the Studio with Edward Lear

Another previously unpublished letter Edward Lear sent to William Holman Hunt exactly 150 years ago (see Diary 6.x.64). This one contains a humorous description of a day in Lear’s London studio while he is trying to do some work. 15 … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Drops Holman Hunt’s Letters (An Unpublished Letter)

The following is a note Edward Lear sent to William Holman Hunt explaining what happened to two of Hunt’s letters Lear was supposed to post from London. There is a short reference to the accident in today’s diary entry (19.ix.64): … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Picks up a Candle and Goes to Bed

I found this on my hard disk; can anyone say where this letter to Gussie Bethell can be found? “The Author of the Book of Nonsense takes up his candle & goes to bed.” Edward Lear, letter to Augusta Bethell of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear: An Unpublished Letter

A “signed two-page letter” by Edward Lear is being sold on eBay; it is pasted to the front end paper of the first American edition of the Nonsense Books (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1888). It is an invitation to Mr. and Mrs. … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Letters in Italian 2: 22 March 1845 to A.M. Ricci

This is the second surviving letter Edward Lear wrote to Angelo Maria Ricci, again mentioning a mysterious project to illustrate the seventh book of the Aeneid, which was never completed, and which ― from the tone of the letter ― Lear himself seems … Continue reading

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