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Nonsense Alphabet

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Northern Italy (made)

  • Date:

    c.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and indian ink

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 5B

Physical description

One of 26 drawings depicting a nonsense alphabet, drawings, letter in capital and small size in both Roman and copperplate style, and humorous verse.

Place of Origin

Northern Italy (made)


c.1880 (made)


Lear, Edward, born 1812 - died 1888 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and indian ink


Height: 4.5 in, Width: 5.5 in

Descriptive line

'B was a lovely bee'. Drawing by Edward Lear. Pen and indian ink on paper, ca. 1880. From the set 'Nonsense Alphabet'.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1951, London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1962.


Pen and ink


Drawing; Handwriting; Calligraphy


Drawings; Writing; Children & Childhood; Education & Learning; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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