Category Archives: Edward Lear

Edward Lear, Cannes (1865)

Edward Lear, Cannes. Inscribed and dated ‘Cannes./ 3.30. P.M./ 10 April. 1865.’ (lower left) and numbered  ‘135’ (lower right, and further inscribed in Greek and with colour notes). Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour. 6 7/8 x 21 ¼ … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Rabbato, Gozo, Malta (1866)

Edward Lear, Rabbato, Gozo, Malta. Dated ‘5.30 P.M. March 20. 1866.’ and numbered ‘203’ (lower right) and extensively . Inscribed with colour notes throughout. Pen and brown ink and pink, green and ochre wash heightened with white on grey paper. … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Cannes (1865)

Edward Lear, Cannes. Inscribed and dated ‘Cannes./5.4.5 PM. 8 April 1865 Isle Ste. Marguerite’ (lower left)  and numbered (‘115’) (lower right), and further inscribed with the artist’s colour notes. Pen and brown ink and watercolour, heightened with white on blue … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Argostoli and the Black Mountain, Cephalonia (1863)

Edward Lear, Argostoli and the Black Mountain, Cephalonia. Inscribed, numbered and dated ‘Argostoli [in Greek]. (129)/May 5. 1863.’ (lower right) and extensively inscribed with colour notes. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour. 12 7/8 x 19 ¾ in. (32.8 … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The Monastery of St Nilus, Mount Athos (1856)

Edward Lear, The Monastery of St Nilus, Mount Athos. Inscribed in Greek ‘Ayios Nilos’ and inscribed and dated ‘Athos./ 7.Sept.1856.’ (lower right) and further inscribed with colour notes. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour. 14 x 20 ¾ in. … Continue reading

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The Darwins and Edward Lear’s “scroobious”

Edward Lear was always in contact with naturalists, especially as a young ornithological illustrator. He certainly provided illustrations for  The Zoology of Captain Beechey’s Voyage (1839) and may have had a part in the production of Charles Darwin’s Zoology of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Near Perivolia, Chania, Crete (1864)

Edward Lear, Near Perivolia, Chania, Crete. Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour heightened with white. 370 × 540 mm. (14 ⅝ × 21 ¼ in.). Inscribed (in Greek) Perivolia. Chania and dated 11 A.M. 23 April 1864 and numbered (35). The … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Santa Maria di Polsi (1847)

Edward Lear, Santa Maria di Polsi. Pencil, pen and ink with wash, heightened with white. 497 × 343 mm. (19 ⅝ × 13 ½ in.). Signed, inscribed and dated: “8 August 1847”. Lear travelled in Calabria in 1847. The lithograph … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The Red Tower or St. Agatha’s Tower, Malta (1866)

Edward Lear, The Red Tower or St. Agatha’s Tower, Malta. 1866. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7.5 by 10.75. MutualArt.

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Variant Versions of Edward Lear’s Limericks

‘There was an old person of Skye,/ Who was nearly a hundred feet high;/ He seemed to the people/ As tall as a steeple,/ And served as a lighthouse on Skye.’ (upper left) pen and brown ink, partial watermark ’18…’ … Continue reading

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