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MS Typ 55.7

Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for illustrations to the poems of Tennyson, 1885: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: f
Call No.: MS Typ 55.7
Creator: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Title: Edward Lear drawings for illustrations to the poems of Tennyson,
Date(s): 1885.
Quantity: 4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Original drawings for illustrations to the poems of Baron Alfred Tennyson, by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Caroline Duroselle-Melish, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt

Acquisition Information:

42M-222. Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.

Access Restrictions:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Lear Drawings for Illustrations to the Poems of Tennyson, 1885 (MS Typ 55.). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

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.


Grouped by title of Tennyson's poem, as originally boxed. Titles are not in alphabetical order.

Scope and Content

199 original landscape drawings to illustrate the poems of English poet, Baron Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892). Drawings are in sepia wash and Chinese white and all from 1885.
Drawings are uniform in size, 16 x 26 cm., and are laid down on uniform mounts, 25.5 x 35 cm., one to a mount. Most drawings were numbered and dated in the drawing by Lear himself. Most of the mounts also include a printed caption cut from a numbered list and pasted onto the lower margin of the mount. The transcriptions of titles in the finding aid come from these captions. Where the title transcription in Edward Lear on my shelves [ELOMS] (pages 269-277) varies, it is given as well.


See: W. B. O. Field, Edward Lear on my shelves (1933), pages 269-277.

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