Edward Lear

Edward Lear

British artist and writer (1812–1888)
Edward Lear

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.

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Edward Lear was born on Tuesday, 12 May 1812 in Holloway, London, England. He was best known as a poet. Lear's country of citizenship (nationality) was British. He died on Sunday, 29 January 1888 in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy at the age of 75. His zodiac star sign was Taurus.

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Literary Nonsense, Limericks
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12 May 1812
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29 January 1888
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Sanremo, Liguria, Italy
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Heart disease
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Edward Lear is known for his role in the TV series short CBeebies Bedtime Story (2006) as (story) (1 episode, 2016).

He is also known for his role in the TV series Jackanory (1965) as (poem) (1 episode, 1971).

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