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Edward Lear

British artist, illustrator, author and poet (1812-1888)

1812   -   1888

country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
native language: English
language of expression: English
occupation: writer, poet, illustrator, painter, novelist, landscape painter, scientific illustrator, ornithologist, comedian

Edward Lear (12 May 1812, Holloway – 29 January 1888, Sanremo) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry in poem.
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