Monday, 10 April 2017

Edward Lear - part 10

1884 Self-portrait with his cat "Foss"

Edward Lear (1812  - 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as an illustrator of Alfred Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes, and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry.

For a full biography see part 1, and for earlier works see parts 1 - 9 also.

This is part 10 of 21- part series on the works of Edward Lear.



1852 View of Reggio and the Straits of Messina ( Calabria, Italy )
oil on canvas 51.4 x 82.2 cm
Tate, London

1852 Journals of a Landscape Painter in Southern Calabria:


Title page

Plate 1 Reggio
hand-coloured lithograph

Plate 3 Palizzi
hand-coloured lithograph

Plate 3 Palizzi
 lithograph

Plate 8 Stilo
hand-coloured lithograph

Plate 8 Stilo
lithograph

Plate 20 San Michele di Monte Voltore
lithograph 24.2 x 15 cm

1852 The Mountains of Thermopylae:


1852 The Mountains of Thermopylae
oil on canvas 68.4 x 135 cm
Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives, UK

1872 Thermopylae
oil on canvas 33.6 x 53.8 cm
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK

1853-54 Egypt:


1853 Dhows on the Nile at Sunset
watercolour and pen and ink 9.5 x 23 cm

1854 Aswan: First Cataract
watercolour and sepia ink over graphite on cream paper 33 x 51 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1854 Esneh on the Nile, near Luxor, Egypt
watercolour with pencil, pen and ink on paper 10.3 x 15.5 cm

1854 Girzeh, Egypt
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour heightened with body-colour on paper 29.2 x 48 cm

1854 Kom Ombo
watercolour and sepia ink over graphite on cream paper 31.5 x 50.5 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1854 Luxor
pencil, watercolour and body-colour 24.8 x 45.8 cm

1854 Minyeh, Egypt
pencil, pen and watercolour on paper 25.4 x 42.9 cm
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1854 Nayadeh, Egypt
pencil and watercolour heightened with body-colour

1854 Opposite Metaghara: Sunset
watercolour and sepia ink over graphite on cream paper 14.7 x 23.2 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1854 View of Edfu, Egypt
pen and brown ink and watercolour over traces of pencil 6.8 x 15.2 cm

1854-67c Philae
oil on paper laid down on canvas 34 x 54 cm

1854c British Abadeh on the Nile
oil on canvas 24 x 46.5 cm

1855 Philae on the Nile
oil on canvas 34.9 x 54.3 cm
Brooklyn Museum, New York


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1854 View of Lake Zurich
graphite and brown ink or watercolour on cream wove paper 34.9 x 50.2 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

1854c The Bingemma Valley, Malta
watercolour heightened with body-colour 10.2 x 20.2 cm

1856 The Rocks at Kasr es Saad
oil on canvas 48.3 x 75.6 cm
de Young - Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1857 Nemertska from Kouzza, Albania
ink and watercolour 32.4 x 52.1 cm

1857 Porto Tre Scoglie, Albania
oil on canvas 33 x 52.8 cm

1858 View of the Ducal Palace, Massa Northern Italy
watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of body-colour and gum arabic 16 x 25.5 cm

1860 Nuneham ( Oxfordshire, England )
oil on canvas 52 x 77.5 cm The Berger Collection, Denver Art Museum, CO

1860 River Scene
watercolour 23 x 45.7 cm approx
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1857c Nonsense Alphabet "A"
pen and ink

1857c Nonsense Alphabet "C"
pen and ink

1857c Nonsense Alphabet "X"
pen and ink

1855-58 Corfu and Greece:

( 1854-55 ) The Temple of Apollo at Bassae
oil on canvas 146.4 x 229.5 cm
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

1855 Potamos
watercolour and sepia ink over graphite on cream paper 30.5 x 20.2 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1855-63c Corfu
oil on paper 24.7 x 34.8 cm
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1856 Choropiskeros, Corfu
watercolour, with pen and brown ink, with coloured chalks 47.8 x 34.9 cm
The British Museum, London

1856 Choropiskopos, Corfu
watercolour on paper 12.1 x 19 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, UK

1856 Corfu
oil on canvas 26.5 x 49.5 cm

1856 Karyes, Mount Athos
graphite, pen and brown ink and watercolour on paper 36 x 52 cm
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

1856 Mount Athos: Karakalou
watercolour and sepia ink over graphite on cream paper 31.2 x 50.2 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1856 Philates
watercolour, ink and graphite on paper 23.5 x 32.1 cm
Tate, London

1856 The Monastery of Chilandari, Mount Athos, Greece
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour heightened with white 36.5 x 53.3 cm

1856 The Monastery of Simopetra on Mount Athos
watercolour and ink on paper 48.6 x 31.4 cm
Tate, London

1856 The Monastery of Xenophontos, Mount Athos, Greece
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour, heightened with touches of white 36.8 x 53.3 cm

1856 View of Prinilla
pen and brown ink, watercolour over pencil on wove paper 28.8 x 49.7 cm
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York City

1856c Athos from near Niacoro ( Neochorio )
watercolour on paper 23.5 x 31.7 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, UK

1856c Lavra, with Thaos in the Distance
watercolour on paper 14.6 x 22.2 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, UK

1856c Near Pantokratora, Mount Athos
watercolour on paper 23.5 x 32.1 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, UK

1856c Philotheo, near Mount Athos
watercolour on paper 23.5 x 35.6 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, UK

1856c Zographou, Mount Athos
watercolour on paper 34 x 50.8 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, UK

1857 A View of Kouthlli, Zajoei, Greece
watercolour over pencil with pen and brown ink heightened with white 17.5 x 24.8 cm

1857 Agia Paraskevi, Epirus, Greece
graphite, pen and brown ink and watercolour 32.8 x 51.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1857 Corfu from the Village of Ascension
oil on canvas 34 x 55 cm

1857 Ioannina ( Jannena ), Greece
pen and brown ink with watercolour over traces of pencil 14.5 x 22.8 cm

1857 Jannena, Greece
pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil 10.5 x 31.7 cm

1857 Mount Athos
watercolour, body-colour, gum Arabic, over black chalk outline on paper, laid down on card 29.8 x 46.6 cm
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

1857 The Valley of the Kalama, Greece
pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil on paper 14 x 23 cm

1858 A View in Corfu
pen and brown ink with watercolour and graphite on paper 24.8 x 17.3 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

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