A report on Edward Lear

Edward Lear in 1866
Edward Lear in 1866
Lear by Wilhelm Marstrand
Masada on the Dead Sea, Edward Lear, 1858
Temple of Venus and Roma, Rome
Engraving of Celano
Lear in 1887, a year before his death. His arm was bent as he was holding his cat, Foss, who leapt away.
Lear's grave in San Remo, Italy where he is buried alongside Giorgio Cocali, "A Christian Albanian of Suli", "He was for 39 years the faithful servant and friend of Edward Lear".
Edward Lear sketches dated 15 May 1864, from Paddy Leigh Fermor's collection.
Howatke, by Edward Lear, 1867
The falls of the Kalama, Albania 1851
A Book of Nonsense (c. 1875 James Miller edition) by Edward Lear
Ara macao from his first book, Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots 1832
Chimpanzee, 1835
Eagle Owl, Edward Lear, 1837
Another Edward Lear owl, in his more familiar style
Lear self-portrait, illustrating a real incident when he encountered a stranger who claimed that "Edward Lear" was merely a pseudonym. Lear (on the right) is showing the stranger (left) the inside of his hat, with his name in the lining.
Illustration by Edward Lear for There was a Young Lady of Hull
A Weasel
Lithograph of Melfi, Italian city in the Basilicata region
Self-caricature (1870)

English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, who is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised.

- Edward Lear
Edward Lear in 1866

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An illustration of the fable of Hercules and the Wagoner by Walter Crane in the limerick collection "Baby's Own Aesop" (1887)

Limerick (poetry)

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The form appeared in England in the early years of the 18th century.

The form appeared in England in the early years of the 18th century.

An illustration of the fable of Hercules and the Wagoner by Walter Crane in the limerick collection "Baby's Own Aesop" (1887)
A Book of Nonsense (ca. 1875 James Miller edition) by Edward Lear

It was popularized by Edward Lear in the 19th century, although he did not use the term.

John Tenniel's depiction of the nonsense creatures in Carroll's Jabberwocky.

Literary nonsense

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Broad categorization of literature that balances elements that make sense with some that do not, with the effect of subverting language conventions or logical reasoning.

Broad categorization of literature that balances elements that make sense with some that do not, with the effect of subverting language conventions or logical reasoning.

John Tenniel's depiction of the nonsense creatures in Carroll's Jabberwocky.

Though not the first to write this hybrid kind of nonsense, Edward Lear developed and popularized it in his many limericks (starting with A Book of Nonsense, 1846) and other famous texts such as The Owl and the Pussycat, The Dong with a Luminous Nose, The Jumblies and The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Around the World.

Gould in 1860

John Gould

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English ornithologist.

English ornithologist.

Gould in 1860
Calliope Tschebaiswi Prjer (Thrush Family) by John Gould
A studio photograph (c. 1860)
The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle : under the command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the years 1832 to 1836, edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. [Album view] Pl. no. 7, Pyrocephalus nanus held by the State Library of New South Wales digital reference number a1417005h
Platypus from The Mammals of Australia (1845–63)
Letter from John Gould to R. Denny regarding Australian plants
Phaethornis Pretrei, the Planalto Hermit, Brooklyn Museum

He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates produced by his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists, including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart.

The 13th Earl of Derby

Edward Smith-Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby

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Politician, peer, landowner, builder, farmer, art collector and naturalist.

Politician, peer, landowner, builder, farmer, art collector and naturalist.

The 13th Earl of Derby
Arms of Stanley: Argent, on a bend azure three buck's heads cabossed or
Arms of Hornby: Or, two chevronels between three bugle-horns sable stringed gules on a chief of the second as many eagle's legs erased of the first

He was the patron of the writer Edward Lear.

Elizabeth Gould (illustrator)

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British artist and illustrator, married to naturalist and author John Gould.

British artist and illustrator, married to naturalist and author John Gould.

An example of the highly precise coloring and sheen in Elizabeth's use of lithography

John encouraged her to learn lithography and asked his collaborator Edward Lear to teach her.

Knowsley Hall

Knowsley Hall

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Stately home near Liverpool in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, Merseyside, England.

Stately home near Liverpool in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, Merseyside, England.

Knowsley Hall
Arms of the Earl of Derby.
Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, became Prime Minister three times.
The southern facade of Knowsley Hall circa 1880 showing the Gothicised south wing to the left and the loggia at the end of the east wing on the right

Edward, the 13th Earl created a large library of works relating to natural history and was a champion of Edward Lear, whom he commissioned to paint animals from the menagerie.

One of Edward Lear's drawings depicts the dolomphious duck's use of a runcible spoon.

Runcible

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One of Edward Lear's drawings depicts the dolomphious duck's use of a runcible spoon.
The Runcible Spoon, in Rye, England; the sign shows an owl and a pussy-cat

"Runcible" is a nonsense word invented by Edward Lear.

Edward Lear's illustration of the Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

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Edward Lear's illustration of the Owl and the Pussycat
The "piggy-wig" in the land of Bong-trees

"The Owl and the Pussy-cat" is a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published during 1871 as part of his book Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets.

The Scroobious Pip

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"The Scroobious Pip" is a nonsense verse poem left unfinished by Edward Lear at the time of his death in 1888.

Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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American artist and illustrator.

American artist and illustrator.

Edward Lear and Ogden Nash, The Scroobious Pip (1968)