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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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Edward Lear, The Gorge at Wady Barada, Lebanon (1858)

Edward Lear, The Gorge at Wady Barada, Lebanon. Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil, on grey paper; inscribed, lower right: Suk Wady Barada / 25 May 1858 / (215), and further inscribed with colour notes. 365 by 525 mm. Provenance … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Gebel Serbal (1849)

Edward Lear, Gebel Serbal, Egypt. Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil; inscribed, lower right: Gebel Serbal / 30 Jany.1849 / 1 P.M., numbered, lower left: 179., and further inscribed with colour notes.  130 by 225 mm. Provenance Sale, London, Sotheby’s, 16 July 1987, … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Nubians at the First Cataract on the Nile at Philae (1867)

Edward Lear, Nubians at the First Cataract on the Nile at Philae, Egypt. Pen and grey ink and watercolour over pencil; inscribed in ink and pencil, lower left: Cataract 1st / 11. A.M. / Jany 30. 1867, further inscribed, lower centre: Nubians mostly white, some … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, The Grand Canal looking towards the Rialto Bridge, Venice (1865)

Edward Lear, The Grand Canal looking towards the Rialto Bridge, Venice. Pen and brown ink and watercolor over pencil; dated lower right: 13 November 1865 (2.pm), extensively inscribed with the artist’s color notes. 352 by 504 mm; 13 7/8 by 19 7/8 … Continue reading

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An Edward Lear Alphabet, a Story and a Letter in Italian

The British Library website has published the manuscript of Edward Lear’s History of the Seven Families of Lake Pipple-Popple, which also contains a full Nonsense alphabet and another version of “High diddle diddle.” Add MS 47462: ‘Written & illustrated for Lady … Continue reading

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