Edward Lear

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Edward Lear- A Great Landscape Painter


The great English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, Edward lear was born on May 12, 1812, in the village of Highgate, near London, England, to a middle-class family Holloway. And he was the 21st child of Ann and Jeremiah's. His sister took care of him till 50 years old. He was known as a landscape painter and a writer of an original kind of nonsense verse and as the popularize of the limerick. He portrays a world of amazing creatures in his poems in nonsense words, often suggesting a deep sense of melancholy. He started his career when he was 15 years old. When Edward was 13 years old, his dad went to prison, and he was a stockbroker of Danish origins. In 1832 he was hired by the London Zoological Society to execute illustrations of birds. Lear stayed until 1836 at the earl of derby estate to reside, as he invited him. 

Famous work

"A book of nonsense," 1846, was made for the grandchildren of derby. After that, in 1836, he decided he would devote all his time to landscape painting. Between 1837 and 1847, Lear traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. The illustrated travels of landscape painters were published in many magazines. But in the 20th century, his works got ignored.

Works and musician

 Lear is remembered for his humorous poems, such as "The Owl and the Pussycat," and as the developer of the form and meter of the modern limerick. Like his younger friend Lewis Carroll, Lear wrote many deeply amazing poems about imaginary creatures, such as "The Dong with the Luminous Nose." His books of the humorous verse also include Nonsense Songs (1871) and Laughable Lyrics (1877). Lear was a musician as well; he used to play many instruments. He never performed his songs except for social gatherings.

The major bird artist

Lear was the greatest ornithological artist of that era, the first major bird artist who drew birds from live birds instead of skins. Lear's first publication was Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots, published when he was 19 years old in 1830. His oil painting The Plains of Lombardy from Monte Generoso is also very famous.


 Edward suffered many health issues like seizures, bronchitis, asthma, and later, he got partially blind. Due to his loneliness, he suffered from depression as well. Edward died on January 29, 1888, due to some heart disease. He also died as a lonely person. None of his friends appeared.