Items of Interest

Edward Lear works in Public Collections and in other collections open to the public

The purpose of this document is to give as complete a record as possible of Edward Lear’s works which are in public collections around the world and also those in institutions where researchers should be able to access them with permission. There are around 5000 such landscape drawings and many more finished watercolours and oil paintings. It would be a difficult task to list them all. So the method used has been to show, by each collection, the numbers of drawings, finished watercolours and oils, and in almost all cases the countries he depicted and in the case of drawings the year of travel.

Section 1 lists Lear’s travels in chronological order. Section 2 provides the listing by collection.

To use the document search facility (this pdf uses Adobe), go to Edit > Find, or toEdit > Advanced Search. Find will create a Find box on the screen. Type in a word and click Next. The first time that word appears should be highlighted in the text. Continue clicking Next to find progressively all its appearances in the document first in Section 1 and then in Section 2. Advanced Search will create a menu column on the left of the screen. Enter the word required and Search, and a drop down menuof all the word’s appearances should appear. These are not very helpful inthemselves, but as each is highlighted, the same word will be highlighted in the document. It is only possible to search for single or consecutive words or dates.

So for example by either method :

–  By entering a year, all works for that year’s drawings will be highlighted. (Do not include the months where shown)
–  By entering a country, all works depicting that country will be highlighted.
–  If entering a region within a country, do not enter the country name as well.

The year and collection listings only refer in some cases to the specific region where Lear travelled. Note however that parts of Albania and Crete were notin Greece in Lear’s day, so search specifically for them as well as Greece to search all Greek sites. Palestine is the generic term used for much of the Near East (today’s Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine).
–  Drawings (dwgs) appear against most entries in the collection list, but a search can be made specifically for finished watercolours (wcols), oils (oils), comic drawings (comic) or Tennyson drawings (Tennyson).
–  If you know an institution’s name, the search facility may help to locate it.

This paper has been researched by Stephen Duckworth with Rowena Fowler. Comments, corrections and additions are welcome to or

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