The Archbishop of Dublin (NOT a Lear Limerick)


There was an Archbishop of Dublin
Whom corns were incessantly troubling
Till one night he arose
And stuck pins in his toes
Which assuaged that Archbishop of Dublin.

This was listed on at a Sotheby’s auction as one in a pair of illustrated Edward Lear limericks: while the limerick is not bad, it is most definitely not by Lear.

Catalogue description:

Lear, Edward.
i) ‘There was a young lady called Emma’, ink drawing of a bald lady seated at a dressing table, 86 by 105mm. with five-line verse below; ii) ‘There was an Archbishop of Dublin’, ink drawing of a clerical gentleman sticking pins in his toes, 150 by 211mm. with five-line verse below; both unsigned, both on single leaf of paper, mounted, framed and glazed on both sides.

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