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Grisogorious Places: Edward Lear's Travels

  • RISDM 73-204-30

Edward Lear, The Native Bazaar, Kanea, Crete, dated 19 April 1864. Anonymous gift.

Friday, September 14, 2012 through Sunday, May 19, 2013

Porcelain Gallery

Edward Lear (1812–1888) is perhaps best remembered for his beloved children’s limericks and nonsense rhymes (The Owl and the Pussycat, for one), but his chief vocation was as a landscape painter. Organized in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Lear’s birth, this exhibition highlights the Museum’s fine collection of his watercolor sketches, created during his many journeys to, as he put it, “grisogorious places” — regions far away from his native England, including Egypt, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

Replete with Lear’s notations about light, color, and time, the sketches demonstrate his keen sensitivity to the places and people he encountered.

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