Edward Lear
(1812-1888)

Died aged c. 76

Edward Lear (12 or 13 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now 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 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.

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Edward Lear 1812-1888 artist and writer lived here

30 Seymour Street, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom where he lived

In Elizabethan times a favourite spot for archery contests. Edward Lear 1812-1888 born and lived nearby in Bowman's Lodge

Bowman’s Mews, Seven Sisters Road, N7 6AA, London, United Kingdom where he was born near (1812) and lived near

From 1859-1865 the poet, painter and traveller Edward Lear 1812 - 1888 made a house on this site his London home and studio. Lear Bicentenary 2012

15 Stratford Place, Westminster, W1C, 1BE, London, United Kingdom where he made a house on this site his London home and studio (1853-1869)