Author Archives: Marco Graziosi

“Nonsense!” – Words from Edward Lear, music by Mel Orriss

Festive Flutes and Mel Orriss perform six of Lear’s limericks set to music.

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Southampton University’s Christmas Concert (with Lear-related Music & Lecture)

Southampton University Chamber Choir gives its Christmas Concert on Friday December 10th in Turner Sims at 8pm, conducted by Simon Pettite. Beautiful Christmas choral music by Josquin (who died 500 years ago) and Sweelinck, plus the first performance of David Owen … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Khan of Valaré (1857)

Edward Lear, A landscape study with figures wearing fez hats, from a sketchbook,  depicting the site of the former khan of Valaré (Albanian Valarë). Inscribed and dated ‘Ruins of Han [sic] Valarè / April (1?) 1857’ (lower right) and with … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Landscape near Tivoli (1840)

Edward Lear, Landscape near Tivoli (Lunghezza). Pencil, inscribed and dated 8th of May 1840, 8.5″ x 16″, Provenance: Agnew’s Exhibition and Abbot and Holder. The Saleroom.

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Edward Lear, Bab el Kalabshe on the Nile (1871)

Edward Lear, Bab el Kalabshe on the Nile. Signed with initials lower left; inscribed Bab el Kalabshe on the Nile on the overlap; inscribed, signed and dated Bab el Kalabshe. on the Nile / Edward Lear / 1871 on a … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The Gorge at Suk Wady Barada, Lebanon (1858)

Edward Lear, The Gorge at Suk Wady Barada, Lebanon. Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil, on grey paper; inscribed, lower right: Suk Wady Barada / 25 May 1858 / (215), and further inscribed with colour notes. 365 by 525 … Continue reading

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Legend of the Large Mouth

Food is one of the recurrent themes of Victorian Nonsense and Edward Lear certainly used it quite a lot; some of his limericks present gluttony as rather scary, for instance ther “Old Man of Calcutta”: The “Old man of the … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Wastwater, Lake District, England (1837)

Edward Lear, Wastwater, Lake District, England. Watercolour over pencil; signed and dated lower right: E Lear del 1837, inscribed lower left: Wastwater. 172 by 253 mm. Provenance With Manning Galleries, London, by 1970. Sotheby’s.

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Edward Lear and the Barrel-Orgon

I found this among my photographs, and the quality is really very bad. I don’t remember where I got it or how to date it except that it was drawn in a period when Lear was staying at 15, Stratford … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Valdoniello, Corsica

Edward Lear, Valdoniello, corsica. Signed with monogram (lower left). Pencil and watercolour heightened with white on paper. 4 ¾ x 7 ¼ in. (12 x 18.5 cm.) Provenance with The Fine Art Society, London, April 1963. with Abbott & Holder, … Continue reading

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