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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55.23

Mrs. C. Beadon Edward Lear scrapbook


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


  • 1852-1880

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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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 Mrs. C. Beadon, 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.
Beadon, C., Mrs., compiler. Mrs. C. Beadon Edward Lear scrapbook: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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