Edward Lear, English artist, illustrator, author, and poet was born on this day 12th May, 1812. In 1846 Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks that went through three editions and in 1876 he published his most famous piece on nonsense The Owl and the Pussycat B. Lowe

Edward Lear, English artist, illustrator, author, and poet was born on this day 12th May, 1812. In 1846 Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks that went through three editions and in 1876 he published his most famous piece on nonsense The Owl and the Pussycat B. Lowe

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UK postage stamp : Edward Lear : C was a lovely pussy cat  Its eyes were large and pale  And on its back it had some stripes  And several on its tail.

UK postage stamp : Edward Lear : C was a lovely pussy cat Its eyes were large and pale And on its back it had some stripes And several on its tail.

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An illustration from "A Book of Nonsense," illustrated by Edward Lear.  The first edition was published by Thomas McLean on 10 February 1846. There were altogether seventy-two limericks in two volumes selling at 3s 6d each.

An illustration from "A Book of Nonsense," illustrated by Edward Lear. The first edition was published by Thomas McLean on 10 February 1846. There were altogether seventy-two limericks in two volumes selling at 3s 6d each.

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From the 1894 Laughable Lyrics: A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, etc. by Edward Lear.

From the 1894 Laughable Lyrics: A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, etc. by Edward Lear.

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Death Centenary of Edward Lear 27p Stamp (1988) 'Edward Lear as a Bird' (self portrait)

Death Centenary of Edward Lear 27p Stamp (1988) 'Edward Lear as a Bird' (self portrait)

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