Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
- Idylls of the King. London: Bradbury and Evans for Edward Moxon & Co., 1859
- printed book
Lear met Tennyson through Franklin Lushington, likely the artist's closest friend. In 1852, Lear began the massive endeavor of illustrating Tennyson's poems, but it was an undertaking that remained unfinished at his death. This copy was probably inscribed to Lear by Tennyson shortly after two had met in early June 1859, and is inscribed in both their hands on the title.
Lear's penciled notes in the margins of pp.13-14, 52, 56, 101, 105, 108, 155, 168, 221, 229, 239 and 256, presumably to identify the lines that he wished to illustrate; comparison with Lear's final set of 200 illustrations for the work show that the line on p.221 corresponds to no. 194, that on p.229 to nos 196-9, and that on p.239 to no. 195. (cf. R. Pitman [ed.] Edward Lear's Tennyson, Manchester, 1988).