- Edward Lear 1812–1888
- Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
- Support: 298 × 175 mm
- Presented by the Earl of Northbrook 1910
In 1832, Lear became an ornithological draughtsman for the Earl of Derby, who kept a menagerie at Knowsley, Lancashire. In 1838, he wrote to the Earl from Italy: ‘As for Rome, (tho’ it is not Knowsley,) it is exquisite: its antiquity is my sole delight. Everybody is very kind and agreeable – and the artists and sculptors a very united body of people.’
Gallery label, August 2004
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