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Edward Lear

Author, Illustrator

(1812 - 1888 )

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet. He is 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:

  1. As a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals;
  2. Making colored drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; and
  3. As a (minor) illustrator of Alfred Tennyson’s poems.

As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense works, which use real and invented English words.