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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1181

Franklin Lushington photograph album and other material

Photograph album of Sir Franklin Lushington, English barrister-at-law, and friend of artist and poet Edward Lear. Also includes loose photographs and sketches.


  • 1829-1871 and undated

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Photographs depicting Corfu, Malta, San Remo, Comet of 1858, Chigwell, etc... About 20 images taken by Lear or Lushington (who possibly owned a camera together) including: Alfred Tennyson, Lionel Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, Julia Marshal, Lushington, Edward Lear, and others. Also includes: plant specimens; carte-de-visites (card photographs); some loose graphite sketches (a few watercolor), mostly architectural, signed E or EL (not Lear) but possibly by a Lushington (Edward?); and loose photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Franklin Lushington (1823-1901) was a barrister-at-law, the 4th son of Edmund Henry Lushington and Sophia Phillips. In 1855, he was appointed judge to the Supreme Court of Justice in the Ionian Islands, and the artist, illustrator and poet, Edward Lear, went with him to live in Corfu. They had met in Malta in 1849, where Franklin’s elder brother Henry was Chief Secretary to the government. On his death in 1888, Edward Lear left all his papers to Lushington, and named him his literary executor.


Arranged in the following series:
  1. I. Franklin Lushington photograph album
  2. II. Loose photographs
  3. III. Loose sketches

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

53Z-1. Gift of Curt H. Reisinger; received: 1953 November 20. See curatorial file for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Lushington, Franklin, Sir, 1823-1901. Franklin Lushington photograph album and other material, 1829-1871: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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