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Edward Lear archive

Call Number: MSS 59


The collection comprises correspondence, manuscript writings, lists of drawings, and printed material concerning the author and artist Edward Lear.


  • ca. 1840-1973


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is the physical property of the Yale Center for British Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald C. Gallup, Yale BA 1934, PhD 1939


The collection is arranged into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Manuscript writings; III. Lists of drawings by Edward Lear; IV. Printed material

Related Materials

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.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Biographical / Historical

Better known as the author of "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" and other nonsense verse, Edward Lear (1812-1888) was also one of the great artist travelers of the Victorian age. Although Lear suffered from epilepsy, asthma, poor eyesight, and chronic depression, he was an inveterate traveler and an indefatigable sketcher, documenting a lifetime of journeys throughout the Mediterranean and India.

Custodial History

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.
Guide to the Edward Lear Archive
compiled by Francis Lapka
June, 2019
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Yale Center for British Art, Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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