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Edward Lear Denis Moriarty Thursday 26 March 2020

Edward Lear: Landscape painter and Nonsense poet

Edward Lear, eminent Victorian and friend of the laureate, Tennyson, was an eccentric. Loved by earlier generations of children for his nonsense verse, he was an adventurous traveller who earned a reputation as a brilliant watercolourist and painter of Italy, Greece, Egypt and India.  This lecture, set firmly in the context of an illustrated and fascinating biography draws on the poems, paintings and present day locations to evaluate a colourful and creative life.

Suggested reading:

Edward Lear   : Nonsense Verse – various collected and selected editions

Vivien Noakes: Edward Lear “The life of a wanderer”   London 1968

Catalogue of Royal Academy Exhibition of Lear 1811-1888     London 198

Selected letters, Oxford 1988

The painter, Edward Lear, London 1991

Peter Levi:  Edward Lear, a biography.  Macmillan 1995

Jenny Uglow: Mr. Lear; A Life of Art and nonsense.    Faber 2017