Edward Lear was an English painter and poet but remembered by bird people as a great natural history illustrator who did wonderful illustrations of parrots.This illustration of Lear was drawn by Danish illustrator and painter Wilhelm Marstrand.
Lear, Edward: (illustrator) An English illustrator and poet that lived from 1812 to 1888. Although well known for his humorous poetry, such as the “Owl and the Pussycat,” bird people know him as a great natural history painter. He published “Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots” (1832) and illustrated books on birds by other authors, such as “The Naturalists Library – Ornithology, A Natural History of Parrots” by Prideaux John Selby and edited by noted Scottish ornithologist Sir William Jardine (1836). He was hired by the London Zoological Society in 1830s to illustrate birds. Although quite talented, he turned from natural illustrations to painting landscapes as he grew older. The Lear’s macaw was named after Edward Lear. You can see the digital collection of Lear’s parrot illustrations at The Academy of Natural Sciences website.
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