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Edward Lear, Flora (1831)

Edward Lear, Flora. Watercolour over pencil on paper; signed lower left: E Lear., dated lower right: 1831., inscribed with title lower centre. 264 by 212 mm. Provenance With Davis Galleries, New York; sale, London, Christie’s, 25 April 1995, lot 131, where acquired by … Continue reading

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A Set of Edward Lear Drawings for Lizars

The following are on sale on eBay: they are attributed to Edward Lear and were made for publication in William Jardine’s “Naturalist’s Library” printed by William Home Lizars. The ones representing birds are remarkably similar to Lear’s early imaginary birds (also). … Continue reading

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A very early Edward Lear Drawing

The date 1822 seems too early for Edward Lear, who was born in 1812, though the signature looks like his (in later years). This in any case is a photograph on sale on eBay and not the original.

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Edward Lear, Study of a King Vulture (1832)

Edward Lear, Study of a King Vulture. Signed lower left: “E Lear del.”, dated lower right: “Aril 1832”, and inscribed lower center: “Sarcoramphus papa (Linn. )/ Drawn from life at the/Surrey Zoological Gardens” Watercolor over pencil heightened with bodycolor and gum … Continue reading

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Five Early Imaginary Birds by Edward Lear

The five examples of Edward Lear’s imaginary bird pictures in this sale (lots 245-249) are early instances of his work, which Robert McCracken Peck has dated to 1827-1830. They are typical of the Lear’s work during this period, in which … 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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The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

Don’t forget: On November 21, Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will be giving a free lecture on The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear at 6:00pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 … Continue reading

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Edward Lear [?], Adjutant Bird

Edward Lear, Adjutant Bird . Watercolour. Partial signature. Inscription and date 17.8.86 17 x 12.5cm. [I think the date unlikely, and I’ve never seen a date written this way by Lear, and the handwriting is not Lear’s; maybe the date … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Some Birds from John Gould’s Birds of Europe

Little Egret. Great Black-Backed Gull, Audouin’s Gull [and] Glaucous Gull. Great Egret. Great Bustard. Rock Ptarmigan. Edward Lear’s lithographs with contemporary hand colouring, old ‘punch holes’ to upper margin, 340 x 520 mm. Originally published in John Gould’s ‘Birds of Europe’. … Continue reading

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More Aspects of Edward Lear

The third part of Matthew Bevis’s series on Edward Lear  for the Houghton Library Blog is now online and discusses Lear’s relationship with birds, pelicans in particular. Please note there are TWO pages, the main text is in the sefcond … Continue reading

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