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John Edward Gray | Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley Hall, 1846

John Edward Gray | Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley Hall, 1846

John Edward Gray | Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley Hall, 1846

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John Edward Gray--Edward Lear


Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley Hall. Knowsley Hall: Printed for private distribution, 1846


Folio (555 x 372mm.), presentation copy from Gray to J.H. Gurney, 17 lithographs by J.W. Moore (one by D.W. Mitchell) after drawings by Lear, coloured by Bayfield, heightened with gum arabic, nineteenth-century green cloth


One of only 100 copies printed, this publication is the result of Edward Lear's residency at Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, between 1831 and 1837. Lear was employed by the Edward Smith Stanley, thirteenth Earl of Derby, to draw the living specimens in the menagerie on the estate grounds. It contained 1,272 birds and 345 mammals and was the largest private zoo in England. Gray chose the present lithographs from Lear's original illustrations, which were importantly drawn from life. This work was followed by a further publication in 1850.


Edward Lear's time at Knowsley was said to be the happiest of his life, and there he struck up a close relationship with the family. Both the fourteenth and fifteenth Earls were patrons of his, and it was for the Earl's children and grandchildren that he first composed his famed nonsense poetry.


LITERATURE:

Anker 189; Fine Bird Books, p. 79; Nissen ZBI 1691, IVB 392


PROVENANCE:

John Henry Gurney and Richard H. J. Gurney, bookplate

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This lot is marked "W" and will be sent to Greenford Park Warehouse after the auction, differently from what was originally stated in the printed catalogue