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MS Typ 55.5

Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings of Central India, 1875: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Typ 55.5
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Title: Edward Lear drawings of Central India,
Date(s): 1875.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Original pen and ink, watercolor and graphite landscape drawings by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.

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

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 of Central India, 1875 (MS Typ 55.5). 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.


Arranged as bound.

Scope and Contents

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.

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