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Nonsense Book: 1087

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Nonsense Book


Lear, Edward (Draughtsman)


Eight humorous drawings of a friend's guest-chamber, laid down on the pages of a blue covered book.


History note: Squire, W. Barclay

Legal notes

Through the National Art Collections Fund

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1923-06) by Squire, William Barclay

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Components of the work

Book Size Height 204 mm Width 293 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: M/S/o / 620
  • Location: Front inner leaf
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: left-hand margin damaged/missing

  • Text: SERIES of 8 humorous pen drawings depicting the / e bed in a 'beautifulle chamber,' the first four showing hin in / d, the fifth and sixth his being aroused by a party of musicians, / reakfast, etc. Each 6 1/2 by 8 1/4, with elaborate descriptions of the / , in the artist's handwriting; arranged in oblong quarto scrap-
  • Location: F.1
  • Method of creation: Printed extract

Identification numbers

Accession number: 1087
Primary reference Number: 11788
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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