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Edward Lear Visits the Baths of Titus

Edward Lear, ‘Baths of Titus’. Pencil, pen and ink. Inscribed and dated, Feb. 4 (18)40. 3.5×5 inches. These should be the Roman Baths of Titus. Lear mentions what I think are different Baths of Titus near Civita Ducale, which he visited … Continue reading

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The Maid Was in the Garden

Edward Lear, “The Maid was in the garden, a hanging out the clothes”, original illustration for ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’, pen and black ink on Whatman laid paper with partial watermark, sheet 138 x 220 mm. (5 3/8 x … Continue reading

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A Lecture and an Auction

If you have $15,000-20,000 you do not know how to spend, you might want to buy the FIRST VOLUME only of Edward lear’s original 1846 Book of Nonsense: If you can’t afford it, at least watch this extremely interesting lecture by … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Visits Captain Hornby

The following is one of Lear’s earliest autobiographical picture stories, from the mid 1830s according to Liebert (from whose book, Lear in the Original, the story is taken), but it was more probably drawn in 1841, when Lear was in England … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s “Rich and rare were the gems she wore”

I have already discussed Edward Lear’s Irish sources here, here and here. Another fine instance is the parody in four pictures that Lear drew of Thomas Moore’s “Rich and rare were the gems she wore” from the first volume of Moore’s Irish … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Learns to Ride a Horse

The British Museum’s curator comments for no. 1970,0411 reads: The following text is from the label for the display at the British Museum ‘Watercolours and Drawings by Edward Lear: a Bicentennial Celebration’: In 1842 Lear made a tour of the Abruzzi, … Continue reading

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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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