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Edward Lear Mixes Painting and Nonsense

Matt Bevis has recently brought to my attention the above drawing by Edward Lear in which landscape and nonsense get in some way mixed. The picture is at Tate and the text reads: I Galli The Sirens isles. 12. June. … Continue reading

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More to Read on Edward Lear &c.

Matthew Kerr reviews Jenny Uglow’s Mr. Lear for Apollo. Raffaella Antinucci has two articles on Nonsense and Edward Lear I’m not sure I mentioned before: “«Sensational nonsense»: Edward Lear and the (Im)purity of Nonsense Writing” English Literature 2.2 (2015). (download) … Continue reading

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Cuthbert Bede’s Limericks

BEDE, Cuthbert, pseud. (Edward Bradley) & HOW, William Walsham, Bishop of Wakefield. (A Collection of 24 Manuscript Limericks, each with an original ink illustration by Cuthbert Bede.) 4to. [1846] Full red roan, blind borders; rather rubbed. The volume contains a note … Continue reading

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More to Read on Edward Lear

Here is a review of Jenny Uglow’s biography from Country Life, 11 October 2017, p. 180: Barry Dicdcock’s review of the same book in the Herald Scotland. And Suzi Feay’s in the Financial Times. Anthony Madrid’s “On Edward Lear’s ‘The … Continue reading

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Three Limerick Drawings by Edward Lear

Three original pen & ink drawings by Edward Lear, taken from ‘A Book of Nonsense,’ first published in 1846. The drawings have been examined and fully authenticated as Lear’s work by the late Vivien Noakes, the world expert on Edward … Continue reading

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More Wheelbarrows!

There was a young woman of Harrow Who always rode in a wheelbarrow Her weight was so great She came out of it straight That jolly young woman of Harrow. See here, here, and here. This one is from: The … Continue reading

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The Fizzgiggious Fish’s Ancestor

British Library, Harley MS 624: From Edward Lear, More Nonsense Pictures, Rhymes Botany &c. (1872), “Twenty-Six Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures:” The fizzgiggious Fish, who always walked about upon Stilts, because he had no legs.

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