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Edward Lear is famous as the author of "A Book of Nonsense" and of the timeless children's songs, "The Owl and the Pussycat" and "The Jumblies". Yet, for this gentle genius, infectious merriment mingled with a deep sadness. Who is the man behind the nonsense? Born the twentieth of twenty-one children, he was rejected by his mother and brought up by his eldest sister. Almost entirely self-taught, at the age of nineteen Lear published "Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots", one the finest books of ornithological illustration ever produced. Then, at the age of twenty-five, he turned his back on this early success to become a traveller and landscape painter. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, he is now considered to be one of the finest painters of the Victoria age. Always an outsider, yet at ease with the noblest in the land, Lear was a friend of the Pre-Raphaelites and of Tennyson, and was drawing master to Queen Victoria. Loved by the children whom he entertained with his songs and stories, he was an innovator in both literature and art, bringing the largely oral tradition of Nonsense into the literary fold, and accompanying his verses with powerful but simple drawings that were revolutionary in their day and set the pattern for modern cartoon illustration.
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Physical description; 216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm. Contents; Edward Lear / Sir Steven Runciman -- From the sublime to the ridiculous / Jeremy Maas -- Lear on art -- The plates -- The catalogue -- Early years -- Natural history -- Early landscape (1834-1848) -- Lear's travels (1848-1888) -- Studio watercolours -- Lear and Tennyson -- Oil paintings -- Illustrated travel books -- Nonsense -- The pelican -- Later memorabilia. Subjects; Lear, Edward, -- (1812-1888) -- Catalogs. Lear, Edward, -- (1812-1888) -- Criticism and interpretation. Genres; Catalogs. Criticism, interpretation, etc.About the Author:
Dr Vivien Noakes, the leading expert on Lear's life and work, has rewritten her classic biography. She was curator of the major exhibition 'Edward Lear, 1812-1888' at the Royal Academy, London and the National Academy of Design, New York. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and previously lecturer at Somerville College, Oxford, her publications include The Painter Edward Lear and Edward Lear: The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense.
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Book Description Weidenfeld Nicolson / Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1985. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition.Exhibition catalog with essays. Large softcover in red flex cloth wraps with bright gold lettering and black decoration on the front cover and bright gold lettering on the spine, spine not sunned, no DJ as issued. Condition new, square and tight book, very clean, no edgewear, spine not creased, sharp corners. 4to, 216 pages, well illustrated. No markings of any kind, no names no underlinings no highlights no bet pages. Not a reminder. Seller Inventory # 009456