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Peck, Robert McCracken, 1952–

The natural history of Edward Lear / Robert McCracken Peck ; foreword by David Attenborough.

New edition.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2021]
Physical Description:
xi, 227 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Reference Library
QH31.L424 P43 2021 (LC)
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"First published in 2016 by David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc."--Colophon.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Edward Lear is well known as the brilliant writer of nonsense poetry, children's books, and travel books who popularized the limerick, and wrote verses such as "The Owl and the Pussycat." But few people are aware that Lear was one of the most talented and accomplished painters of natural history subjects in the nineteenth century, and worked with British scientists, collectors, and publishers to make Britain the nexus for scientific investigation and its circulation. One of the best ornithological artists of his generation, Lear published his first book, a monograph on the parrot family, at age 18, and established a format that would be followed by decades by such publishers as John Gould, with whom he worked closely and often anonymously. Over his career, Lear produced a multitude of drawings of birds and mammals from around the world for scientific publications, public institutions, and individual patrons, not just of English species, but of birds and mammals from Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas. He is also the Lear in the name of the rare species Lear's Macaw. In this book, Peck has assembled the first comprehensive view of this important part of Lear's career. Featuring over 200 illustrations and a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, the book also examines the influence Lear had on modern artists such as Walton Ford and Tony Foster. This new edition includes a new chapter that addresses Lear's continued fascination with wildlife and the natural world after giving up his career as a scientific illustrator, and his fascination with domestic pets, from his own beloved cat which he cartooned repeatedly, to the portraits of dogs owned by his family and friends, alongside thirteen never-before-published illustrations, including fully finished watercolors, rough preliminary sketches, and whimsical cartoons"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Artists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain.
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Natural history illustration -- Great Britain.
Natural history illustration.
Natural history illustrators -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Natural history illustrators.
Poets, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
Poets, English.
Attenborough, David, 1926- writer of foreword.