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Edward Lear & Friends in Corfu

Houghton Library owns an album of photographs from Franklin Lushington’s family, and its website includes a finding aid linking to a couple of digitized photographs. The one above is of particular interest as it shows some of the people Edward … Continue reading

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Dear Edward Lear I Love Your Birds

Dear Edward Lear I Love Your Birds by Jeredith Merrin The Red and Yellow Macaw resplendent, And clearly your puff-chested model, Arching head over the arc of half-extended Red yellow blue wing, intended us to look. My first was in … Continue reading

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Jennie Feldman, The Grey Bird

No bright rhyme for this backward glare, the oboe-squawk half throttled with hindsight’s effort. Barely, acrobatically, hanging on. Is it in the way fear squiggles a frown and overdoes the eye’s black brow that we glimpse relief? Gravity resisted against … Continue reading

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Jennie Feldman, The Black and White Bird

Lifted birdily out of the sober quirks of sadness, not to be weighed down. Forget the palette, the easel-hours stuck sitting like a petrified gorilla— here’s quick strokes, dark washes. Poised ambiguities: landing / taking off? One bright eye unfailing dares … Continue reading

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Jennie Feldman, The Pink Bird

How to get a grip – scant-toed chick number twenty-one at Bowman’s Lodge (Holloway), dislodged unfledged pink & clueless – sixty-odd years on? Eye skyward, whence come fantastical figments marvellous skews that fly thin air against our limits. Flap-flap absolomly … Continue reading

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Edward Lear to Lady Rawlinson

An 1866 advertising circular Edward Lear sent to Lady Rawlinson (wife of Sir Henry Rawlinson), enclosing an alphabet “towards the education of [her] son” (unfortunately not included) and two photographs, one of which, Lear painting in his studio, I do not … Continue reading

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Margaret Terry Meets Edward Lear

The summer of 1870 we spent in the mountains south of Turin. … That summer was memorable to me for my first experience in hero worship. Those were the days of the table d’hôte. The guest assembled and sat together … Continue reading

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John Mole, The Edward Lear Poem (1989)

John Mole, “The Edward Lear Poem.” The Spectator, 2 December 1989, p. 42. He kept his wife in a box he did And she never complained though the neighbours did Because of the size of the box and the way … Continue reading

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John Fuller, Edward Lear in Corsica

John Fuller, “Edward Lear in Corsica.” Times Literary Supplement, 7 July 1995. New Selected Poems: 1983-2008. London, Chatto & Windus, 2012. Is it not unpleasant, at fifty-six years of age, to feel that it is increasingly probablu that a man … Continue reading

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Emo Verkerk’s Portraits of Edward Lear

Painter and sculptor Emo Verkerk has produced several portraits of Edward Lear over the years, here are three, from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag website. Studie voor Portret van Edward Lear (1985). Oil and collage on plastic canvas. 55,5cm x 40cm. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag: … Continue reading

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