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 V. Noakes, ed., The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense (2001); biographies by A. Davidson (1938, repr. 1968), V. Noakes (1969), P. Levi (1995), and J. Uglow (2018); studies by V. Dehejia (1989) and J. Wullschläger (1995).

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Edward Lear's death was preceded by that of his 'best friend', his cat 'Fuss' who travelled everywhere with him and was buried in the garden at his villa at San Remo, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with 'great ceremony'.
"The Death of Edward Lear" in The New Yorker in 1971.
Highlights depicting views in Egypt by Edward Lear include An Arab Encampment in the Sinai, near Gebal Serbal, Egypt (estimate: $11,000-15,000) and his View of Philae at Sunset, Egypt, 1854/62 (estimate: $11,000-15,000 shown here),.
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 imagined-.the whole upper part of the mountain is bare and snowy & forms an amphitheatre of heights around a multitude of ravines and vallies[sic] - full of foliage and villages most glorious to see: - and all that descends step by step to the sea beyond!" Beirut, Lebanon is estimated at $16,000-23,000.
Topics range from Gladstone's anxiety over troubles in Ireland, Queen Victoria's concern for Bruce's sick child to light-hearted banter from poet and artist Edward Lear.
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First published in 1871, "The Owl and the Pussycat" is one of Edward Lear's most famous nonsense poems.
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Along the way he quotes other travelers, such as Benjamin Disraeli, Edward Lear, and Lord Byron, on Greek history.
Edward Lear (born on May 12, 1812) certainly had his problems.
In the gallery office, Gottelier laid out several books by artists and satirists that inspire him, including Edward Lear's Nonsense Omnibus.