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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55.5

Edward Lear drawings of Central India


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


  • 1875

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)
49 original landscape drawings on 31 mounts (31 sheets), in watercolor, pen and graphite. From Lord Northbrook's collection, volume 2 only; inside front cover includes bookplate of Lord Northbrook (Thomas George Baring, Earl of Northbrook (1826-1904)). Title on cover: Vol. II. Central India 1875. Lord Northbrook; volume lacks a titlepage.

Drawings are mounted on sheets (28 x 41 cm., each) in album, and are identified by leaf numbers, and captions when present. Many leaves contain multiple images, some have multiple captions. Captions listed in finding aid are transcribed from the calligrapic printed captions in the album. The additonal manuscript notes in pencil with some drawings, have not been transcribed. Leaves f. 32, f. 33, and f. 34 are all blank.

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.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-223PF. Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.

Processing Information

Processed by: Hope Mayo, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings of Central India, 1875: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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