The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

Don’t forget:

On November 21, Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will be giving a free lecture on The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear at 6:00pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the Harvard Museum of Natural History Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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Three Edward Lear Events

1.
Next Friday, November 15, I will be in Cava de’ Tirreni for a presentation of Edward Lear: Visioni inedite della costa di Amalfi; if you are in the area, please come meet me and the other authors. Download the full brochure.

2.
On November 21, Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will be giving a free lecture on The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear at 6:00pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the Harvard Museum of Natural History Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

3.
Sara Lodge will be presenting the last concert of Edward Lear songs of the year on December 12 at at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire, at 7:00pm.
The performers are Sara herself, baritone Edward Robinson and pianist Rachel Fright.
The concert is free but donations to local charities will be encouraged.

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Edward Lear, Capri from Massa (three stages, 1838-1840)

Edward Lear, Near Massa.
First sketch, 22 August 1838.

Edward Lear, Capri from near Massa.
Second version, 1839.
Signed and dated ‘Edward Lear del 1839’ (lower right) and titled (lower left). Pencil, charcoal and watercolour. 43.2 x 26.7cm (17 x 10 1/2in).
This is on sale at Bonhams.

Edward Lear, Capri from Massa.
Third version, 1840.

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Edward Lear (?), Seaford (1841)

Edward Lear, Seaford Looking towards Newhaven.
Pencil, ink and watercolour. Seaford, looking towards Newhaven. Inscribed ’18 Sep/41′
7.25 x 11.75in.

I have some doubts about the authenticisty of this one, the handwriting on the picture does not look like his, and he would have signed it; see also the back of the picture below.

The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Citara (1844)

Edward Lear, Citara.
Pen ink and wash over . ‘Citara 14th June 1844.’ Inscribed and dated, studio stamp
10 x 17.75in.

Provenance
Ex-John R. Baddeley Collection

The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Lake Lugano from Monte Generoso

Edward Lear, Lake Lugano from Monte Generoso.
Signed with monogramme (lower left) and inscribed verso No I / Lake Lugano
Watercolour over pencil heightened with white. 12.4 x 18.7cm (4 3/4 x 7 1/4 in).

The Saleroom.

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Two Events with Edward Lear’s Music

This October Sara Lodge has organized two events on Edward Lear’s music, a central subject of her recent Inventing Edward Lear (recently reviewed in The TLS together with James Williams’s book on Edward Lear).

Edward Lear’s Bongs, Dongs and Songs will take place on 12 October at Gumby Hall and Garden, Lincolnshire, for more information and booking, which is essential, go to the website for the event.

The next day, 13 October, there will be another concert of Edward Lear’s music at Ightham Mote, Kent; booking is also essential. More info.

Both events will see the participation of Lear expert Sara Lodge, acclaimed pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, and baritone Edward Robinson. At Ightham the event will also be followed by an evening meal!

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