Lot 248
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Lear, Edward

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  • Lear, Edward
  • Illustration and limerick for 'The Old Man of Cape Horn'
  • ink on paper
Ink drawing of man falling off a chair, 93 by 106mm., together with three-line verse below, unsigned, single leaf of blue wove paper, left side mounted on large card, some minor soiling


Justin G. Schiller, Nonsensus... Stroud: Catalpa Press, 1988

Catalogue Note

A variant version of both illustration and verse for ‘There was an Old Man of Cape Horn’. As first published in the 1846 edition of A Book of Nonsense, the limerick concludes "So he sat on a chair, till he died of despair, | That dolorous Man of Cape Horn." The conclusion here reads "So he sate on a chair + tore off his hair – that intrinsic old man of Cape Horn". Interestingly the Kraus manuscript (Koch Foundation) includes "He sate" before continuing "and behaved like a bear – That intrinsic…" This suggests that both the Krauss manuscript and the present piece are closely connected. The reverse of the leaf includes an abandoned and smudged drawing of a head.