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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1970,0411.26

  • Description

    "L casually seats himself on the wrong side of his saddle"; figure leaning back on horse with saddle placed over his lap, the horse turning around to laugh at him Pen and brown ink, over graphite

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1842
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 133 millimetres
    • Width: 192 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed: "3./ Frascati. V. Taverna" and with title
  • Curator's comments

    One of a set 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 taken 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.

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PVI)

  • 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'

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1970

  • 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. Christie's sale, "property of a lady", 11.xi.1969/163.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1970,0411.26

L casually seats himself on the wrong side of his saddle; figure leaning back on horse with saddle placed over his lap, the horse turning around to laugh at him Pen and brown ink, over graphite

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L casually seats himself on the wrong side of his saddle; figure leaning back on horse with saddle placed over his lap, the horse turning around to laugh at him Pen and brown ink, over graphite

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