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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55.23

Edward Lear scrapbook


Scrapbook containing drawings, letters and compositions of English landscape painter and writer Edward Lear.


  • Creation: 1852-1880

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Access requires permission of curator.

Conditions Governing Use

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.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes a scrapbook containing two sets of drawings for Sing a song of sixpence, one set of drawings for Humpty Dumpty, several letters from Lear to various correspondents, and an autograph manuscript of The Quangle Wangle's hat.

Biographical / Historical

Lear was an English landscape painter who is more widely known as the writer of an original kind of nonsense verse and as the popularizer of the limerick. Lear sent letters and drawings to Agnes Sterndale Beadon, (2nd wife of Sir Cecil Beadon, a British imperial administrator in India), whose name appears on the front and who apparently compiled the scrapbook.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*80M-26. Gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch,825 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1980 December 9.

Processing Information

In 2020-2021, as part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, entries were updated to include a woman’s first name when identified.

Processing Information

Previously listed as Mrs. C. Beadon Edward Lear scrapbook, 1852-1880.

Beadon, Agnes Sterndale, 1836–1906, compiler. Edward Lear scrapbook: Guide.
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