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The Natural History of Edward Lear (1812-1888)
by Robert McCracken Peck and David Attenborough


Overview - Robert Peck has masterfully assembled and evaluated Lear's diverse material and written the first book to fully explore Lear's talents as a natural history artist. Augmented by over 200 full-color illustrations, many of them drawn from the extraordinary collection at the Houghton Library at Harvard, extended to include the influence Lear has had on such modern artists and illustrators as Walton Ford and Tony Foster, and enlivened by a Foreword by Sir David Attenborough, this book goes far beyond the scope of a dry scholarly study.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Robert Peck has masterfully assembled and evaluated Lear's diverse material and written the first book to fully explore Lear's talents as a natural history artist. Augmented by over 200 full-color illustrations, many of them drawn from the extraordinary collection at the Houghton Library at Harvard, extended to include the influence Lear has had on such modern artists and illustrators as Walton Ford and Tony Foster, and enlivened by a Foreword by Sir David Attenborough, this book goes far beyond the scope of a dry scholarly study. It is a fascinating exploration of the dawn of natural history's golden age of color, made more so by Lear's humor, travels, friends, and his extravagant gifts as an artist.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781567925838
  • ISBN-10: 1567925839
  • Publisher: David R Godine Pub
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 223
  • Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Peck (Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America) brings to light the lesser known career of Edward Lear, the beloved childrens book author best known for his nonsensical limericks and quirky illustrations. Lear began drawing for bread and cheese around 1827, making morbid disease illustrations for hospitals and doctors. He soon switched to scientific illustrations of birds and animals in the 1830s and published esteemed volumes of prints such as Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae. From there he traveled widely and took up landscape painting, winning recognition and becoming a tutor to Queen Victoria. Peck leads readers through the back roads of Lears multifaceted career, noting that he found success wherever he applied himself, but the focus of the book is on Lear as a painter of natural history, with plenty of his illustrations beautifully reproduced within. This is a keepsake for fans of Lear and anyone interested in art and natural history. Color illus. (Nov.)

 
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