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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:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

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 Pink 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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