Journeys and Jumblies: The Life and Art of Edward Lear

On Friday 6th May the museum will host a talk by a visiting expert on Edward Lear to accompany our popular Lear Exhibition (which is on until Sunday 8th May)Lear 2

The talk will be given by Colin Harrison, who is the Senior Curator of European Art at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and who curated our current exhibition.  He is responsible for British art, French art after 1800, including the Pissarro Family Archive, portrait miniatures, and musical instruments. He has organized many exhibitions, including ‘John Malchair of Oxford’ (1998), ‘Turner’s Oxford’ (2000), ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy’ (2010), ‘Happy Birthday, Edward Lear’ (2012), and in 1995 published Edward Lear: Drawings and Watercolours.

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Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known for his humorous drawings and nonsense verses, but is now also widely appreciated as one of the finest draughtsmen of the 19th century. He began his career drawing birds and animals for John Gould. In 1837, he left England for the first of his many travels abroad: to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Palestine and Egypt. During these travels he made thousands of landscape sketches which served as the basis for the watercolours that he later finished in his studio.

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Colin’s illustrated talk will look at many of Lear’s different works, and during the evening there will also be an opportunity to view the current exhibition.

The talk begins at 5pm and runs until about 6.30pm.  Tickets cost £10 which includes a drink on arrival.

To book tickets to the event please contact the museum:

Telephone: 01386 859047


or pop in to The Ashmolean Museum Broadway, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway, Worcs WR12 7PD




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