Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Edward Lear - part 2


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 and for earlier works. see part 1 also.

This is part 2 of 21- part series on the works of Edward Lear:



1819-23 Azara's Night Monkey
published by Sir Richard Phillips and Co., London

1832 Weasel
watercolour with pen in brown ink, with gouache and gum over graphite on paper 18.7 x 27.9 cm
Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, CT

Various Birds:

1831 Great Auk
watercolour for plate 82 Prideaux John Selby's "Illustrations of British Ornithology"
brown wash and ink over graphite, on paper 53.6 x 37.1 cm

1832-37 Eagle Owl. Bubo maximus
hand-coloured lithograph 52 x 34.9 cm

1832-37 Snowy Owl
hand-coloured lithograph 50.8 x 31.7 cm 

1832-37 White Headed Eagle ( Haliaetus leucocephalus )
hand-coloured lithograph on wove paper 54 x 36 cm

1832c Varied Lorikeet ( Psitteuteles versicolor )

1833 Common Heron
hand-coloured lithograph

1846 A Black Swan
pen and ink

1846 Two Mallards
pen and ink

A Hummingbird
watercolour and gouache heightened with gum arabic and gold 34 x 28 cm

Barn Owl
hand-coloured lithograph

Black Grouse
hand-coloured lithograph  35.6 x 51.8 cm

Capercailzie or Cock of the Wood
hand-coloured lithograph 36 x 51.2 cm

Chough
lithograph with hand colouring 54.2 x 35 cm

Common Buzzard
lithograph with hand colouring 53.3 x 25.4 cm

Common Gulls
lithograph with hand colouring 34.8 x 54.2 cm

Kestrel
lithograph with hand colouring 54 x 35.1 cm

Kite
lithograph with hand colouring 53.9 x 35.5 cm

Lanner Falcon
lithograph with hand colouring 52.8 x 35.1 cm

Lorikeet
© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

Three Parrots on a Branch
pen and brown ink with brown and blue washes, on grey paper 10.8 x 8.5 cm

Parakeet in Flight
watercolour over graphite on wove paper 17.8 x 23.4 cm
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

Purple Heron
lithograph with hand colouring 52.4 x 35.4 cm

Solan Gannet
lithograph with hand colouring 35.3 x 54.2 cm

Spotted Cormorant
lithograph with hand colouring 31.5 x 54.1 cm

Spotted Eagle
lithograph with hand colouring 54.2 x 35.3 cm

Study of an Indigo Macaw, now known as Lear's Macaw
watercolour over graphite on paper
Houghton Library, Harvard College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Samon-Crested Cockatoo ( Plyctolophus rosaceus  )
Houghton Library, Harvard College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Tortoises:


Chelonia Imbricata

Emyda Punctata

Emys Geographica

Emys Rugosa

Emys Scabra

Emys Spinosa

Testuda Carbonaria

Testuda Radiata

Testudo Pardalis

Testudo Tabulata

Trionyx Labiatus

Views in England:


1834 Burpham
graphite on cream paper 11.2 x 16.5 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
 

1834 Fir tree in a Landscape ( drawing for a lithograph - see below )
graphite heightened with white on blue-grey paper 36.2 x 24.7 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1834 Fir tree in a Landscape
lithograph 37.5 x 28 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1835 Head of a Chimpanzee
graphite and watercolour
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

1836 Crummock Water, Cumberland
graphite heightened with white, on blue-grey paper 17.3 x 25 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1836 Head of Ullswater
graphite heightened with white on blue-grey paper 17.5 x 24.7 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1836 Interior, Levens Hall
graphite heightened with white, on grey paper 24.9 x 35.8 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1836 Kendal
graphite on cream paper 11.4 x 16.9 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1836 Levens Hall, Westmorland
graphite touched with white, on grey-blue paper 23.9 x 35.3 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1836 Near Ambleside
graphite on white paper 26.5 x 37.4 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1836 Rydal Water
graphite on blue paper 17.7 x 26 cm
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

1836 Scawfell Pikes
graphite heightened with white, on blue-grey paper 17.4 x 25.1 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London

1836 View of Wastwater and the Screes from Wasdale Head
lithograph 17.2 x 24.8 cm

1836 Westdale and Great Gable, Cumberland g
raphite touched with white on blue paper 17.1 x 25.5 cm
© The Trustees of the British Museum, London