Edward Lear drawings for A book of nonsense
Original pen and ink drawings by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Extent.2 linear feet (1 volume)
38 additional drawings by Edward Lear, made for the Routledge edition of 1861 of A Book of Nonsense. The drawings include autograph manuscript limerick texts. Each drawing is tipped into a sunken mat. Title on manuscript title leaf bound at front of volume is: Thirty-eight Original drawings for A Book of Nonsense. Additional drawings made for the Routledge Edition.
Volume (21 x 29 cm.) is bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, in a tray case (23 cm).
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.
Arranged as bound in volume.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
42M-213; Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.
Processed by: Hope Mayo, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt and J. F. Coakley
- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for A book of nonsense, 1861: Guide.
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