Edward Lear, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta (1866)

Edward Lear, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta.
Inscribed and dated ‘St. Paul’s Bay. Malta. 24 March 1866.’ (lower center) and numbered ‘(240)’ (lower right) and further inscribed with extensive color notes throughout. Pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolor, heightened with white. 4 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (11.8 x 35.2 cm).

[This does not appear in Varriano’s Edward Lear in Malta catalogue.]


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Update to Lear’s Works in Public Collections

Stephen Duckworth and Rowena Fowler’s very useful list of works by Edward Lear in public collections all over the world is now available in an updated version. I have also added a link to the searchable pdf file in the “Edward Lear” menu on the right.

Edward Lear, View of Sermoneta, 3 February 1840.

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Edward Lear, Jericho (1865)

Edward Lear, Jericho.
Signed with monogram ‘EL’ and inscribed and dated ‘JCS/1865’ (lower right). Graphite, watercolor and bodycolor. 6 7/8 x 9 in. (17.6 x 24.8 cm).

Catherine Symonds, a gift from the artist and by descent to
Dame Janet Vaughan.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 13 November 1980, lot 175.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 14 July 1998, lot 94.


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Edward Lear, Via Nomentana (1848)

Edward Lear, Via Nomentana.
Landscape with solitary tower. Inscribed ‘pale blue’ (upper right), indistinctly inscribed and dated ‘—/—.24.1848’ (lower right). Pencil. 15.5 x 35.5cm (6 1/8 x 14in).

[Date is March.24.1848. I read “Via Nomentana” in the Roman Campagna. Francesco De Luca confirms that this is a place called “la sedia del Diavolo” (Devil’s Seat) along via Nomentana.]


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Edward Lear, An Ancient Tomb in the Roman campagna (1839)

Edward Lear, An ancient tomb in the Roman campagna.
Signed ‘Edward Lear. del.’ (lower left) and dated ‘1839’ (lower right). Graphite heightened with touches of white, on buff paper. 5 ½ x 9 ¼ in. (13.8 x 23.3 cm).


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Tom Gauld’s Limerick


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Edward Lear Works in Public Collections

Stephen Duckworth has sent me the results of his and Rowena Fowler’s world-wide search for paintings, watercolours and drawings by Edward Lear which can be admired in public collections. The document, which is too long and complex to be published in a format compatible with a blog post, aims at providing as complete a record as possible of Lear’s accessible works and can be downloaded as a searchable pdf file.

In addition to this, Stephen has also provided a complete listing of Lear’s topographical works held at the Liverpool Central Library and bound in seven volumes, together with the lithographs of two of his travel books: Illustrated Excursions in Italy (1846) and Journals of a Landscape Painter in Southern Calabria (1852). You can access this extremely useful document both as a blog page in the Manuscripts section and download it in pdf format.

The “Sermoneta 8.April.1845” above comes from the Liverpool collection and has never to the best of my knowledge been published before.

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