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THE NATURAL HISTORY OF EDWARD LEAR (1812-1888). Edward McCracken Peck. David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., Boston, 2016. 224 pp. with 198 ills. (130 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2016-16171 ISBN 9781567925838 In English.
Publisher's description: Edward Lear, if recognized at all, is most commonly remembered as the endearing master of nonsense verse (e.g. the owl and the pussycat who went to sea in a pea-green boat) and for his enduring limericks (he virtually invented the form). But the first manifestation of his genius was his penchant for drawing-and especially for capturing animals directly from life. He was, like many of his English contemporaries, precocious, displaying his talent at a shockingly early age and publishing his first book, a monograph on the parrot family, when he was only eighteen. In it, he created what is still acknowledged as one of the premier, early works of lithography (Lear worked directly on the stones) and established a format that would be followed for decades by such publishers as Gould, with whom he worked closely and often anonymously. But the first decade of his artistic life was primarily devoted to creating works of natural history, working with the infrastructure of British scientists, collectors, and publishers who made that country the nexus for scientific investigation and its dissemination for much of the nineteenth century.
Artist(s):Lear, Edward
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1800-1900 — Drawing and Watercolor — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174680
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