Edward Lear 'Ielerang or Javan squirrel', from J. E. Gray Walter Gleanings from the Menagerie and Aviary at Knowsley Hall
(Hullmandel and Walton, 1846)
1826.e.8(1)   36x55 cm

Javan squirrel

From 1832 to 1836 Edward Lear was employed by the Earl of Derby to draw the animals and birds from his collection at Knowsley Hall. The resulting lithographs were coloured by a Mr. Bayfield, who, in this illustration, exploited the inherently uneven appearance of hand colouring with his browns and yellows, allowing them to enrich the textures of the squirrel's coat and tail. (Further examples of books with lithographed illustrations are shown in the section on Lithography.)