Edward Lear

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Lear, Edward,

1812–88, English humorist and artist. At 19 he was employed as a draftsman by the London Zoological Society; the paintings of parrots that he produced for The Family of the Psittacidae (1832) were among the first color plates of animals ever published in Great Britain. Lear is best known for his illustrated limericks and nonsense verse, which were collected in A Book of Nonsense (1846), Nonsense Songs (1871), Laughable Lyrics (1877), and others. He spent most of his adult life abroad, and wrote several illustrated journals of his European travels, e.g., Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans.


See biographies by A. Davidson (1938, repr. 1968), V. Noakes (1969), and P. Levi (1995); V. Noakes, ed., The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense (2001); studies by V. Dehejia (1989) and J. Wullschläger (1995).

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A fine view of Beirut in Lebanon was undertaken by Edward Lear in 1858 and in a letter he commented: "So fine a view I suppose can hardly be imaginedAa.
View of Damascus, Syria was painted during a brief stay by Edward Lear in 1858 following his visit to Lebanon (estimate: $6,100-9,000).
Quoted in Philip Hofer, Edward Lear as a Landscape Draughtsman (Cambridge: Harvard Univ.
HE is best known as the Victorian writer who penned jaunty limericks and nonsense poems such as The Owl and the Pussycat but Edward Lear was also a talented artist - as this new show at the Scottish National Gallery reveals.
There's a long tradition in British humour for the absurd and nonsense with Spike Milligan and The Goons, Edward Lear etc.
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HANDWRITTEN letters to former Prime Ministers, Queen Victoria and Edward Lear are among the hidden treasures in a new collection which has found a permanent home in the new Glamorgan Archives.
The album also sees Scroobius Pip - an intentional misspelling of the Edward Lear poem The Scroobious Pip - deliver his own take on the state of the nation with references to violence, an individual's role in a democracy, and the perils of late night rail travel.
The exhibition of around 50 works, including sketchbooks, watercolours, gouaches and large-scale engravings, showcases artists such as Salomon Corrodi, Louis Ducros, Edward Lear and Amadeo Preziosi, whose pioneering travel resulted in essential references for their patrons.
Edward Lear in Albania: Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans.
Mr Griffiths' agent Simon Beresford spoke of his life with the actor and sitcom star Penelope Wilton read Mr Griffiths' favourite Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.
We caught up with Scroobius Pip - named after an Edward Lear poem - to find out more.