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MS Typ 55.3

Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for An original nonsense alphabet made for Miss Lushington, ca. 1865: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Typ 55.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Title: Edward Lear drawings for An original nonsense alphabet made for Miss Lushington,
Date(s): 1865.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.01 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Original pen and ink drawings by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

42M-221. 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

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Lear Drawings for An Original Nonsense Alphabet Made for Miss Lushington, ca. 1865 (MS Typ 55.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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.

Bibliography

See: W. B. O. Field, Edward Lear on my shelves (1933), page 262 for details.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

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).

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