Category Archives: Edward Lear

Edward Lear, Moment to Moment

Building on the success of the AHRC Knowing Edward Lear project, Edward Lear, Moment to Moment will be the first exhibition solely devoted to Lear’s sketches and landscape drawings from across the whole span of his career. It will take place in Autumn 2021 at … Continue reading

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Edward Lear (attrib.), Palermo

Edward Lear, Palermo. Pencil. 10x15cm. Rosebarys. The lot includes two more pictures, clearly not by Lear, one of them is nice:

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Edward Lear, The Pyramids Road (or, have you got a million?)

Edward Lear, The Pyramids Road, Gizeh. Signed with monogram and dated EL.1873 lower left. Oil on canvas. Unframed: 53 by 104cm., 21 by 41in. Provenance Commissioned by Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl Northbrook before 1872 The Fine Art Society, by whom sold to … Continue reading

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Yale’s Edward Lear Archive

Stephen Duckworth informs me of an interesting archive at Yale: The Yale Center for British Art has long been known for having the second largest collection of Lear drawings in the world, after the Houghton Library at Harvard. Most of … Continue reading

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Irish Literary ‘Learics’

I have long thought that the word “learic” was an invention of modrn limerick scholars desperate to find a way to justify the word “limerick,” whose origin as it is applied to Edward Lear’s nonsenses is mysterious, but here is … Continue reading

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An Exile in Paradise: The Adventures of Edward Lear

Derek Smith recently uploaded the three episodes of An Exile in Paradise: The Adventures of Edward Lear to YouTube. A three part series In 1848 Edward Lear, writer and illustrator of nonsense verse, set out on an epic journey through … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Fomm Ir-Rih, Malta (1866)

Edward Lear, Fomm Ir-Rih, Malta. Pen and brown ink and watercolour; inscribed, lower right: Fommer Rih / 2 P.M /  March 1 1866 / 79, further inscribed with colour notes, unframed. 153 by 253 mm. Provenance Sale, London, Bonham’s, 16 September 2009, lot 163; … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Ascalon, Palestine

Edward Lear, Ascalon, Palestine. Watercolour over pencil, heightened with touches of bodycolour; signed with monogram lower right. 105 by 205 mm. Provenance John, Lord D’Ayton (1922-2003); thence by descent to the present owners. The sculptor Thomas Woolner (1825-1892) believed that … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The River Nile at Abou Seir, the Second Cataract (1867)

Edward Lear, The River Nile at Abou Seir, the Second Cataract, Egypt. Pen and brown and grey ink with watercolour over pencil, heightened with white on buff-coloured paper; inscribed in ink and in pencil, lower left: Abou Seir / 2d Cataract / … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Baalbek, Lebanon (1858 / 1862)

Edward Lear, Baalbek, Lebanon. Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour; signed with monogram and dated twice, lower left: 1858 / 1862. 180 by 370 mm. Provenance Mrs Ashton; Miss Lupton, Leeds; thence by family descent, until 1992; with Agnew’s, London, … Continue reading

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