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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55.14

Edward Lear miscellaneous drawings


Drawings, poems, proofs, landscapes, portraits and other items by the English poet and artist Edward Lear.


  • 1849-1866

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires permission of curator.

Conditions Governing Use

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.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Includes Lear's nonsense drawings, autograph manuscript drafts of the nonsense poems and nonsense alphabet, drawings with verse, and proofs for The nonsense alphabet and other works. Also includes a few landscape drawings, a portrait of an unidentified man, self-portraits, and a portrait photograph of Lear, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Lear was an English poet and artist.


Arranged in rough alphabetical order by title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unless otherwise noted, gift of Philip Hofer, 1942.

Related Materials

The majority of Lear landscape drawings are listed in MS Typ 55.11, MS Typ 55.26, and TypDr 805.L513
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear miscellaneous drawings, 1849-1866: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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