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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55.3

Edward Lear drawings for An original nonsense alphabet made for Miss Lushington


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


  • 1865

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.


.04 linear feet (1 volume)
The letters, one to a leaf of paper (33.5 x 20.5 cm., each), are illustrated with a pen and ink drawing and autograph manuscript lines of verse. The paper leaves are mounted on linen bifolia (with silk bound edges) sewn into a quire of 14 leaves. Each leaf is 39 x 26.5 cm. Date taken from watermark. Drawings are not published.

In a tray case (41 x 29 cm.) Title from tray case cover: An original nonsense alphabet : made for Miss Lushington (circa 1860).

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 alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-221. Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.

See: W. B. O. Field, Edward Lear on my shelves (1933), page 262 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 An original nonsense alphabet made for Miss Lushington, ca. 1865: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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