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Lear, Edward, 1812–1888

Edward Lear archive, ca. 1840-1985.

Physical Description:
2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MSS 59
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Donald C. Gallup, Yale BA 1934, PhD 1939
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Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known as the author of "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" and other nonsense verse. He was also an inveterate traveler and an indefatigable sketcher, documenting a lifetime of journeys throughout the Mediterranean and India.
The materials are open for research.
Related material: For records and images of nine oil paintings and over 350 drawings and prints by Edward Lear also included in Donald Gallup's gift to the Yale Center for British Art, see the YCBA's online catalog.
Gallup's collecting of Edward Lear material is described in: Gallup, Donald C. "Collecting Edward Lear." The Yale University Library Gazette 61, no. 3/4 (1987): 125-42. And in: Wilcox, Scott. Edward Lear and the art of travel. New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 2000.
The collection comprises correspondence, manuscript writings, lists of drawings, and printed material concerning the author and artist Edward Lear. The correspondence includes letters from Lear to Ann Lear, James Thomas Fields, Hallam Tennyson Baron Tennyson, and Edmund Woodthorpe. The manuscript writings include a copy (in Lear's hand) of Thomas Moore's poem, "St. Kiven [sic] and the Gentle Kathleen (i.e. "By that lake, whose gloomy shore") with Lear's original illustrations, and W.H. Auden's poem "Edward Lear." The lists, compiled by Lear and Franklin Lushington, provide inventories of drawings and paintings by Lear, from his numerous travels in the Mediterranean region.
The collection is arranged into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Manuscript writings; III. Lists of drawings by Edward Lear; IV. Printed material.
Subject Terms:
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881.
Foord & Dickinson (London, England)
Lear, Ann, 1791-1861.
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888 -- Correspondence.
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Mediterranean Region -- Description and travel.
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852. By that lake, whose gloomy shore.
Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, Baron, 1852-1928.
Woodthorpe, Edmund.
Ink drawings.
Lushington, Franklin, Sir, 1823-1901.
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Gallup, Donald, 1913-2000, collector.

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