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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.


  • Creation: 1849-1866

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Consists of 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. 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.
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