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  • 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 and water-colour.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 126, box D

Physical description

One of 16 drawings of comic birds, each inscribed with title.

Place of Origin

Northern Italy (made)


c.1880 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and indian ink and water-colour.


Height: 5.5 in, Width: 4.375 in

Descriptive line

The Crimson Bird. Drawing of comic bird by Edward Lear, intended to provide examples of different colours to instruct a child. ca. 1880. Each inscribed in indian ink with title. Pen and ink and water-colour.

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 and watercolour


Drawing; Handwriting


Drawings; Children & Childhood; Education & Learning; Caricatures & Cartoons; Animals and Wildlife


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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