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Edward Lear, Some Birds from John Gould’s Birds of Europe

Little Egret. Great Black-Backed Gull, Audouin’s Gull [and] Glaucous Gull. Great Egret. Great Bustard. Rock Ptarmigan. Edward Lear’s lithographs with contemporary hand colouring, old ‘punch holes’ to upper margin, 340 x 520 mm. Originally published in John Gould’s ‘Birds of Europe’. … Continue reading

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More Aspects of Edward Lear

The third part of Matthew Bevis’s series on Edward Lear  for the Houghton Library Blog is now online and discusses Lear’s relationship with birds, pelicans in particular. Please note there are TWO pages, the main text is in the sefcond … Continue reading

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A Little More to Read on Edward Lear

Cara Giaimo on Edward Lear as “a Teenage Parrot-Painting Prodigy” from Atlas Obscura. And Matthew Bevis’s long review of Jenny Uglow’s Mr Lear for the London Review of Books, vol. 39, no. 24 (only available to subscribers, unfortunately). I have also found out that many … Continue reading

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September Readings

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has digitized its Edward Lear collection, which consists mostly of letters: 11 to William Holman Hunt, 2 to Luard and one to his sister Ellen from India, among others. … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Two Owls

Edward Lear, Study of an Eagle Owl, 1846. Signed and dated on branch: “E. Lear del. 1846.” Pen and brown ink on paper; paper dimensions: 8 ¾ by 6 ½ inches. Provenance George and Fanny Coombe (née Drewitt), Peppering House, Sussex. Edward Lear, Ye Owly … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Congo Finches

Edward Lear, Congo Finches, Africa. Pencil sketch,  heightened with watercolour, on paper. Signed, 235 x 189mm., [c.1825-30]. Bonhams.

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Edward Lear in the TLS

The Times Literary Supplement for 3 February has not one, not two, but three articles on Edward Lear: Adam Kendon’s “Edward Lear Painting Parrots” is a review of Robert McCracken Peck’s recent The Natural History of Edward Lear; Ben Westwood’s “Lear and … Continue reading

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