Edward Lear drawings for illustrations to the poems of Tennyson
Original drawings for illustrations to the poems of Baron Alfred Tennyson, by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.
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Extent1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
199 original landscape drawings to illustrate the poems of English poet, Baron Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892). Drawings are in sepia wash and Chinese white and all from 1885.
Drawings are uniform in size, 16 x 26 cm., and are laid down on uniform mounts, 25.5 x 35 cm., one to a mount. Most drawings were numbered and dated in the drawing by Lear himself. Most of the mounts also include a printed caption cut from a numbered list and pasted onto the lower margin of the mount. The transcriptions of titles in the finding aid come from these captions. Where the title transcription in Edward Lear on my shelves [ELOMS] (pages 269-277) varies, it is given as well.
Biographical / Historical
Edward Lear (1812-1888) is remembered primarily for his nonsense rhymes and limericks, but in his own lifetime he sought recognition as a landscape painter.
Grouped by title of Tennyson's poem, as originally boxed. Titles are not in alphabetical order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
42M-222. Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.
Processed by: Caroline Duroselle-Melish, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt
- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for illustrations to the poems of Tennyson, 1885: Guide.
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