Irish Sources of Edward Lear’s Early Picture Stories

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In a previous post I quoted a passage from Prothero’s biography of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley reporting the event that might have originated Edward Lear’s picture story “St. Kiven and the Gentle Kathleen,” an illustrated version of Tom Moore’s “By that lake, whose gloomy shore” (Irish Melodies, vol. 4, 1811). No certain date can be given for this set of illustrations, 1835-36 is a possibility if the events at Glendalough were the source, though Lear also produced illustrations for other poems from the Irish Melodies: “Go where glory waits thee” and “Rich and  rare were the gems she wore,” both from volume 1 (1807), as well as “Eveleen’s Bower” from volume 2 (also 1807).

Lear’s interest in Ireland and its traditions was certainly stimulated by his strict connection with the Stanley family, who had large possessions in the island; it was probably during one of his frequent stays…

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  1. More on Lear and Fenton on the Blog of Bosh. With many thanks to Q. for unearthing Fenton’s poem. Marco


    Nicely followed up, Marco.

    The review you unearthed is indeed priceless, and a necessary dash of vinegar midst all the melancholic treacle Fenton poured from out his breast, where Hope is truly “a banished thing”.

    All the best,



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