Scope and Contents
The collection comprises correspondence, manuscript writings, lists of drawings, and printed material concerning the author and artist Edward Lear. The correspondence includes letters from Lear to Ann Lear, James Thomas Fields, Hallam Tennyson Baron Tennyson, and Edmund Woodthorpe. The manuscript writings include a copy (in Lear's hand) of Thomas Moore's poem, "St. Kiven [sic] and the Gentle Kathleen (i.e. "By that lake, whose gloomy shore") with Lear's original illustrations, and W.H. Auden's poem "Edward Lear." The lists, compiled by Lear and Franklin Lushington, provide inventories of drawings and paintings by Lear, from his numerous travels in the Mediterranean region.
- ca. 1840-1985
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
Yale Center for British Art, 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
2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection comprises correspondence, manuscript writings, lists of drawings, and printed material concerning the author and artist Edward Lear.
Biographical / Historical
Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known as the author of "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" and other nonsense verse. He was also an inveterate traveler and an indefatigable sketcher, documenting a lifetime of journeys throughout the Mediterranean and India.
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. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40858913.
And in: Wilcox, Scott. Edward Lear and the art of travel. New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 2000.
- Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
- Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
- Foord & Dickinson (London, England)
- Lear, Ann, 1791-1861
- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888
- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888 -- Correspondence
- Mediterranean Region -- Description and travel
- Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852. By that lake, whose gloomy shore
- Pen and ink drawings
- Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, Baron, 1852-1928
- Woodthorpe, Edmund
- Guide to the Edward Lear Archive
- compiled by Francis Lapka
- June, 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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