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Edward Lear, Corfu

Edward Lear, Corfu. inscribed ‘Corfu’ (lower left). Watercolour on paper. 12 x 20.5cm (4 3/4 x 8 1/16in) Provenance The Parker Gallery, London. Acquired from the above gallery by the present owner, c. 1971-75. Bonhams.

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Edward Lear in Transit (a lecture by Matt Bevis)

Matthew Bevis will be giving an online lecture on “Edward Lear in Transit” tomorrow, 12 May 2021: This talk considers two questions: What—if anything—do Lear’s paintings and poems see in one another? And what sense (or nonsense) can be made … Continue reading

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The Significance Of Nonsense In Indian Culture

India does have its own legacy of nonsense literature. The origins of nonsense can be traced back to the great mystical texts of India, such as the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the medieval poet-saints like Kabir and Sant Namdev. Furthermore, … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Civita Castellana (1843)

Edward Lear, Civita Castellana, 1843. Watercolor and graphite on paper. Titled and dated (lower left). 8 ½ x 13 ½ inches. Provenance Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London Acquired directly from the above by the present owner, 1983 Property from … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Temple of Agrigento

Edward Lear, Temple of Agrigento. Signed and indistinctly dated ‘Edwd Lear. May 28, 184…’ (lower center); inscribed ‘Agrigento’ (lower right). Oil over pencil on paper, laid on canvas. 131⁄8 x 20 in. (33.3 x 50.8 cm.) Provenance with Thomas Agnew … Continue reading

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Harriott Lear’s Death Certificate

Jo Fitz-Henry kindly sent me Harriott Lear’s death registration from the Scotland’s People website. She died of “chronic bronchitis” at Cherry Bank, Perth, on 16 July 1859 and was buried in Wellshill Cemetery in Perth. No members of the family … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Cefalu (1847)

Edward Lear, Cefalu. Ink and pencil on buff paper. ‘Cefalu’ inscribed and dated 8th July 1847 and numbered 226, Spink & Son Ltd label verso. 8 x 12.75in. Gorringes.

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New Publications on Edward Lear (and more)

It’s been a long time since I updated the bibliographies, so here are quite a lot of items. Essays on Edward Lear: Walchester, Kathryn. “Non vedete. È una rivoluzione: Edward Lear Landscape Painter and Italy.” Journal of Tourism Consumption and … Continue reading

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The Harbury Cutting, Warwickshire (Attrib. Edward Lear

Attributed to Edward Lear (1812-1888) British. “The Harbury Cutting, Warwickshire”, with a Steam Train and Figures in the Foreground, Pencil, Inscribed on mount, Mounted, Unframed, 5.75” x 9.5” (14.7 x 24.2cm). This is, in my opinion, highly unlikely as a … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Mount Sinai (1853)

Edward Lear, Mount Sinai. Inscribed, signed and dated MT. SINAI E. Lear 1853 lower right. Oil on canvas, circular. Unframed: 58.5cm., 23in. diameter. Framed: 69 by 69cm., 27¼ by 27¼in. Provenance Bought from the artist by Thomas Gambier Parry. Leger Galleries, London, … Continue reading

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