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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55.1

Edward Lear drawings for More Nonsense and other drawings


Original pen and ink drawings by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.


  • 1870

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.


.2 linear feet (1 volume)
108 original pen and ink drawings with autograph manuscript limerick text by Edward Lear. Also includes two woodcut proofs. Many have autograph manuscript additions by Philip Hofer. The images are mounted on leaves (20 x 28 cm.), on the rectos only; with a title page and part-title pages. Title on manuscript title leaf bound at front of volume is: Eighty-two Original Drawings for "More Nonsense" : and Part of a "Nonsense" Alphabet : also Ten unpublished "Nonsense" Drawings.

Volume (21 x 30 cm.) bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. In a tray case (22 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.


Bound into a volume and organized into the following series:
  1. I. Eighty-two original drawings for "More Nonsense"
  2. II. Ten unpublished "Nonsense" drawings
  3. III. Part of a "Nonsense" alphabet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-214. ; Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.

Mostly published in More Nonsense, Robert John Bush, London, 1872; see: W. B. O. Field, Edward Lear on my Shelves (1933), pages 264-268 for details.

Processing Information

Processed by: Hope Mayo, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for More Nonsense and other drawings, 1870: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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