Edward Lear (attrib.), drawing, ex. Ford Found., Attributed to Edward Lear (British, 1812-1888), “Please my Lord I want to be made a Bishop”, pen and brown ink caricature drawing on paper, no visible signature, inscribed in pencil verso “Edward Lear”, 4.25″h x 6.75″w (sight), 8.75″h x 11.25″w (frame).
Good/Fair, minor creases, some areas of light foxing
The Ford Foundation Collection
A new cartoon, that looks quite Learian to me with its mixture of realism and caricature. It is not mentioned in the Appendix to my article on “Edward Lear: A Life in Pictures.” Unfortunately it cannot be dated, but it must have been made for some special occasion. Lear liked jokes on titles (bishops and kings his favourites) and their pursuit.