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Mrs Jayfer, Millais, Dicky doyle and Wilkie Collins in an Edward Lear Letter

Among the many subjects touched in the letter to Henry Bruce, Lord Aberdare transcribed below from the scans available on the Florida State University website, is Edward Lear’s statement that the second part of “Mr and Mrs Discobbolos” was suggested … Continue reading

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An Edward Lear Letter to Wilkie Collins

The friendship between Edward Lear, the Victorian poet of nonsense verses, and Wilkie Collins, the novelist, has long been well-known. Yet, strangely enough, it was a friendship of which, as Collins’ biographer tells us, “hardly a trace remains.”{1} We know … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Charles Kingsley

From Notes and Queries, n.s. 16.6 (Vol. 214), June 1969, pp. 216-217: An Edward Lear Letter to Charles Kingsley Apparently, Edward Lear and Charles Kingsley never became personally acquainted. No records are presently known to attest sucha relationship. However, after … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s First Impressions of Malta (an unpublished letter)

[This previously unpublished letter to his elder sister Ann tells of Edward Lear’s leaving Italy because of the 1848 insurrections; he was on his way to Corfu, where he had been invited by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Another previously unpublished letter Edward Lear sent to William Holman Hunt exactly 150 years ago (see Diary 6.x.64).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Edward Lear Drops Holman Hunt’s Letters (An Unpublished Letter)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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