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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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Edward Lear Visits Beachy Head with His Sister Sarah

An Edward Lear picture story in 10 panels (nos. 5, 7 and 8 missing) relating an excursion with Lear’s sister Sarah Street. The pictures have been copied (or traced) from Lear’s presumably lost originals and bound with the typescript of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Letter to Montgomery and Picture Letter

Edward Lear, Autograph letter signed to “My dear Montgomery”, reading “I am just about to pack and send off your two drawings of Athens – after all without any ‘howls’ – large or small. But I have to thank you … Continue reading

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Learical Tennysons

LINCS to the Past, a project “focused on giving access to cultural heritage collections,” and the Arts and Humanities Research Council sponsor a new website, Learical Tennysons, dedicated to Edward Lear’s relationship to Alfred Tennyson and his family. It has been … Continue reading

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