Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Edward Lear's Amazing Art

It's been a while since I blogged about Edward Lear, one of my favorite artists. BibliOdyssey recently blogged about Edward Lear's sketches for his Parrot Book, a project he worked on in his teens while he was employed by the Zoological Society in London. It was published around 1832 when he was only 20 years old. He's the same Edward Lear who illustrated "A Book of Nonsense" (1846, book of  limericks) and "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1867). And he's the very same Lear who painted the serious landscape above (Masada on the Dead Sea 1958). Read a summary of Edward Lear's life (1812-1888) HERE
The fact that he "did it all" (fine art, illustration, cartooning) does not surprise me. Many of the great artists in art history did exactly that. 
The Houghton Library at Harvard University has started digitizing some of the Edward Lear manuscripts in their collection such as the Mrs. C. Beadon Edward Lear Scrapbook (top photo). LINKS HERE: Blog of Bosh


Irma Vep said...

indeed one of the lovable ones....,I can´t by this time left past the opportunity to tell you how great is your blog,really inspirational and moving...I love it...please, keep the aspidistra flying...,
just me

Amy Crehore said...

Thanks a lot Irma! I will keep trying to find good things to blog. Glad you enjoy it.