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Edward Lear

(1812—1888) landscape painter and writer


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(1812–88),

worked as a zoological draughtsman until he came under the patronage of the earl of Derby, for whose grandchildren he wrote A Book of Nonsense (1845), with his own limericks and illustrations. He travelled widely, and published accounts of Italy (1846), Albania and Illyria (1851), Calabria (1852), and Corsica (1870). His posthumous reputation as a water‐colourist has risen steadily and as a writer he is remembered for his nonsense verses, with their linguistic fantasies and their occasional touches of underlying melancholy. Later volumes were Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets (1871), which contains ‘The Owl and the Pussy‐Cat’ and ‘The Jumblies’; More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany etc. (1871); and Laughable Lyrics (1877), with the Dong, the Yonghy‐Bonghy‐Bò, and the Pobble who has no toes.

Subjects: Literature.


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