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"L contemplates a ferocious horse with feelings of distrust"; a man wearing top hat and tails, and spectacles bends down to stare at a horse, also wearing spectacles, a horse and rider beyond. 1842
Pen and brown ink, over graphite
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Height: 134 millimetres
Width: 193 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of 21 drawings of a journey made by the artist in Italy with his friend Charles Knight. Each inscribed with a title and number in the series. Dated 1842 on first sheet.
In set with 1970,0411.24-44
The following text is from the label for the display at the British Museum 'Watercolours and Drawings by Edward Lear: a Bicentennial Celebration':
In 1842 Lear made a tour of the Abruzzi, a region of central Italy, with his friend Charles Knight. Knight had given Lear riding lessons ‘round the walls of Rome’, and lent the artist one of his horses for the journey. In these drawings the artist makes fun of his poor horsemanship, with typical self-deprecating humour. They are part of a larger series that records the pair’s adventures in comic form.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972, BM, Modern/Recent Acquisitions
1985 Apr-Jun, London, Royal Academy, 'Edward Lear', no. 18b
1988-1989 Nov-Jan, Brighton AG, no. 32
2012 May-Jul, BM, P&D, Room 90, 'Edward Lear: a Bicentennial Celebration'
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
From an album from the Hornby family sold at Christie's, and subsequently broken up. The Department purchased 21 drawings.
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