Height: 133.000 mm
Width: 193.000 mm
Prints and Drawings
Edward Lear, L is much disturbed by several large flies, a drawing in pen and ink
England, AD 1842
A page from a humorous travelogue
Edward Lear (1812-1888) is most famous as the author of verse and limericks, collected in such volumes as A Book of Nonsense (1846), which he often illustrated himself. Although mostly self-taught, he was a prolific landscapist and in 1846 was briefly Drawing Master to Queen Victoria, a job he described as ‘Painter-Laureate and Boshproducing Luminary'.
This jolly sketch, in the manner of his comic illustrations, records an incident on a journey through Italy with his friend Charles Knight ('K'). This is one of twenty-one from the series in the British Museum's collections. They picture the mundane frustrations of the traveller with whimsical humour.
The upper caption reads ‘K. And L. pass Casape & Poli returning by Gallicano to Lagardo'. Lear wintered in Rome from 1837 to 1841 and visited throughout Italy, later travelling further abroad to Greece, Egypt, India and Ceylon.
V. Noakes, Edward Lear, 1812-1888 (London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1985)