Search collection catalog »
E-NEWS Facebook logo Twitter logo Google logo YouTube

Drawings & Prints

Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Printed Books & Bindings

Literary & Historical Manuscripts

Music Manuscripts & Printed Music

Ancient Near Eastern Seals & Tablets


Paintings & Art Objects


Collections | Drawings & Prints

Views: List | Single work | Overview Zoom+
Edward Lear

Edward Lear (1812–1888)
Parakeet in Flight
Watercolor, over some pencil, on wove paper
7 x 9 1/8 inches (178 x 234 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Vincent Astor; 1977.23
See more information »

By the time Lear was nineteen he was working on Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrots, which was financed by subscribers. A letter in the Library's collection relates how, in order to attract more subscribers, Lear limited the work by making 175 impressions from each drawing and destroying the stones. While not a direct study for Lear's book, the markings of the bird appear to be identical with those of the undulated parakeet, plate 13 of this work.

List of works
Text only list
Search images

Order images
Top of page

© The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 685-0008

Home Museum »
Visit the Museum
Public Programs
Collection »
Collection highlights
Online Exhibitions
Music Manuscripts Online
The Drawing Institute
CORSAIR Collection Catalog
Research »
CORSAIR Collection Catalog
Research Services
Reading Room
Research Guides
The Drawing Institute
Photography & Rights
About »
History of the Morgan
The Morgan Campus
Support »
Make a Donation
Corporate Membership
Corporate Entertaining
Shop Contact

E-News | Site Index | Terms and Conditions

The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.