Author Archives: Marco Graziosi

The Owl and the Pussy-cat at 150 in St Leonards-on-Sea

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-cat” and St Leonards-on-Sea devotes its A Town Explores a Book festival, 1-18 April 2021, to Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, the book in which … Continue reading

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O frabjous day!

TED Ed has released a fun animated retelling of Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem, Jabberwocky from his classic novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Poem by Lewis Carroll, directed by Sjaak Rood. Dive into Lewis Carroll’s epic … Continue reading

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The Owl’s Song

Music video for Town of Cats‘s “The Owl’s Song,” by Morgan Twiston Davies. A celebration of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-cat,” embracing nonsense and following life, love, and joy in all directions. The film was traditionally animated, and … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Two Paintings of the Roman Campagna, 1842

Edward Lear, The Tomb of Cecilia Metella on the Via Appia, Rome. Edward Lear, The Tor di Schiavi on the Via Labicana, Rome. The former signed l.l.: 1842 / Ed Lear the latter signed l.r.:E.Lear.1842. A pair, both oil on canvas. Each … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg, Animales raros para recortar (1933)

Rube Goldberg, from Tit-Bits, 15 April 1933. Aventuras de Boborikin ran in the Argentinian magazine Tit-Bits at least from 1932 to 1934. This collection of invented animals is reminiscent of The Laughable Looloos by Helen Stilwell, Goldberg’s screwball-comics collegue, Gene Carr’s … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, A Temple in India

Edward Lear, A Temple in India. Signed with the artist’s monogram lower left. Watercolor heightened with white over traces of pencil on paper. 6 1/8 by 10 1/8 in. 15.5 by 25.7 cm. Long a frequent traveller, Edward Lear’s last … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Philae (1867)

Edward Lear, Philae, Egypt. Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil, on laid paper; inscribed lower left: Philae / 2pm / 30 Jany.1867, numbered lower right: (273) and further inscribed with colour notes. 280 by 530 mm. Provenance With Agnew’s, London, by … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Philae, Egypt (1867)

Edward Lear, Philae, Egypt. Pen and brown ink and watercolor over pencil; inscribed lower left: Philae / 8. AM. / Feby. [sic] 19. 1867 and further inscribed with artist’s notes . 87 by 251 mm. This drawing was created on the spot in the early morning … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The Valley of the Kalama (1857)

Edward Lear, The Valley of the Kalama. Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil on paper. Inscribed with the artist’s colour notes and dated: 5 April 6/7pm 1857. 14 by 23cm., 5 by 8½ in. Executed in 1857. Provenance Sotheby’s, London, … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Zante

Edward Lear, Zante. signed with artist’s monogram (lower left). Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on paper. 11.5 by 18.5cm., 4½ by 7in. Executed circa 1863. Provenance Agnews, London, until 1990 Zante is situated eight miles south of Cephalonia and is … Continue reading

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