There was an Old Derry down Derry, who loved to see little folks merry; So he made them a book, and with laughter they shook at the fun of that. Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for . In Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks which went through three editions and helped popularize the form and the. Edward Lear's A Book of Nonsense was first published in under the pseudonym 'Derry down Derry'. The limericks and illustrations (which Lear himself.
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The attractive hard-cover book includes Lear's simple and comic black-and-white illustrations. The accompanying CD contains narration of all the verse contained in the book, read beautifully by Yonny Lucas.
The music contained on these tracks is appropriate for the verse, and is very upbeat and engaging. Effects such as birds trilling to accompany a rhyme about birds also further entertain the listener and provide an excellent addition to the book. The problem with this package is that the book and audio CD tracks are so well done that the publishers really should have decided against the CD-ROM track, and included more material in the other formats.
These segments would have been better included in the book and on the audio portion of the CD. But the understated, black-and-white lines of Lear's illustrations are most suited to print.
In June , Lear applied to the Zoological Society of London to request permission to draw from their collection of parrots, with a view to publishing his own book Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae. Lord Stanley, later 13th Earl of Derby, who as a young man had begun to collect natural history books and drawings, happened to chair the meeting where this application was approved. Lord Stanley subsequently commissioned Lear to paint the birds and mammals from the aviary and menagerie which he had set up at Knowsley.
During the years — that Lear was at Knowsley, his relationship with Edward Stanley became increasingly less formal. Over this period, in addition to drawing and painting, Lear entertained the children of the Stanley family. In , Lear left Knowsley for Rome, a move which was fully supported by Edward Stanley, now 13th Earl of Derby, as part of his personal and artistic development. With a base in Rome, the artist travelled for the following eleven years through Italy, and it was during this period that he established himself as a landscape painter.
Lear travelled for three years in Italy from and published two volumes of illustrations, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, the first of many such books. Lear briefly gave drawing lessons to Queen Victoria, who had been pleased by the Excursions and summoned him to court, leading to some awkward incidents when he failed to observe proper court protocol. Lear then returned to the Mediterranean, wishing to illustrate all points along the coast of that sea.
Among other trips, he visited Greece and Egypt in , and toured the length of India and Ceylon in While travelling he produced large quantities of coloured wash drawings in a distinctive style, which he worked up back in his studio into oils and watercolours, as well as prints for his books.
His landscape style often shows views with strong sunlight, with intense contrasts of colour.
Throughout his life he continued to paint seriously. Author In Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks that went through three editions and helped popularize the form. Many other works followed. His heroes are Quangle-Wangles, Pobbles, and Jumblies. His adult diaries indicate that he always sensed the onset of a seizure in time to remove himself from public view.
When Lear was about seven years old he began to show signs of depression, possibly due to the instability of his childhood. He suffered from periods of severe melancholia which he referred to as "the Morbids. Lear was already drawing "for bread and cheese" by the time he was aged 16 and soon developed into a serious "ornithological draughtsman" employed by the Zoological Society and then from to by the Earl of Derby , who kept a private menagerie at his estate, Knowsley Hall.
He was the first major bird artist to draw birds from real live birds, instead of skins. Lear's first publication, published when he was 19 years old, was Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots in His eyesight deteriorated too much to work with such precision on the fine drawings and etchings of plates used in lithography, thus he turned to landscape painting and travel.
Among other travels, he visited Greece and Egypt during —49, and toured India during —75, including a brief detour to Ceylon. While travelling he produced large quantities of coloured wash drawings in a distinctive style, which he converted later in his studio into oil and watercolour paintings, as well as prints for his books.
Between and Lear spent his summers on Monte Generoso , a mountain on the border between the Swiss canton of Ticino and the Italian region of Lombardy. Throughout his life he continued to paint seriously. He had a lifelong ambition to illustrate Tennyson 's poems; near the end of his life a volume with a small number of illustrations was published. In personal notes, together with drawings, Lear gathered his impressions on the Italian way of life, folk traditions, and the beauty of the ancient monuments.
Of particular interest to Lear was the Abruzzo , which he visited in , through the Marsica Celano, Avezzano, Alba Fucens , Trasacco and the plateau of Cinque Miglia Castel di Sangro and Alfedena , by an old sheep track of the shepherds.
Lear drew a sketch of the medieval village of Albe with Mount Sirente, and described the medieval village of Celano, with the castle of Piccolomini dominating the vast plain of Lago Fucino, which was drained a few years later to promote agricultural development. At Castel di Sangro, Lear described the winter stillness of the mountains and the beautiful basilica. Lear primarily played the piano, but he also played the accordion, flute, and guitar.
He composed music for many Romantic and Victorian poems, but was known mostly for his many musical settings of Tennyson's poetry. He published four settings in , five in , and three in Lear's were the only musical settings that Tennyson approved of. While he never played professionally, he did perform his own nonsense songs and his settings of others' poetry at countless social gatherings, sometimes adding his own lyrics as with the song "The Nervous Family" , and sometimes replacing serious lyrics with nursery rhymes.
Lear's most fervent and painful friendship was with Franklin Lushington. He met the young barrister in Malta in and then toured southern Greece with him.
Lear developed an infatuation for him that Lushington did not wholly reciprocate. Although they remained friends for almost forty years, until Lear's death, the disparity of their feelings constantly tormented Lear. Indeed, Lear's attempts at male companionship were not always successful; the very intensity of Lear's affections may have doomed these relationships. The closest he came to marriage was two proposals, both to the same woman 46 years his junior, which were not accepted.
For companions he relied instead on friends and correspondents, and especially, during later life, on his Albanian Souliote chef, Giorgis, a faithful friend and, as Lear complained, a thoroughly unsatisfactory chef. Lear travelled widely throughout his life and eventually settled in San Remo , on his beloved Mediterranean coast, in the s, at a villa he named "Villa Tennyson. Lear was known to introduce himself with a long pseudonym: After a long decline in his health, Lear died at his villa in of heart disease , from which he had suffered since at least Lear's funeral was said to be a sad, lonely affair by the wife of Dr.
Hassall, Lear's physician, none of Lear's many lifelong friends being able to attend. Lear is buried in the Cemetery Foce in San Remo. The centenary of his death was marked in Britain with a set of Royal Mail stamps in and an exhibition at the Royal Academy. Lear's birthplace area is now marked with a plaque at Bowman's Mews, Islington, in London, and his bicentenary during was celebrated with a variety of events, exhibitions and lectures in venues across the world including an International Owl and Pussycat Day on his birth anniversary.
In Lear published A Book of Nonsense , a volume of limericks which went through three editions and helped popularize the form and the genre of literary nonsense.
In he published Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets , which included his most famous nonsense song, The Owl and the Pussycat , which he wrote for the children of his patron Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby.
Many other works followed.
Lear's nonsense books were quite popular during his lifetime, but a rumour developed that "Edward Lear" was merely a pseudonym, and the books' true author was the man to whom Lear had dedicated the works, his patron the Earl of Derby. Promoters of this rumour offered as evidence that both men were named Edward, and that "Lear" is an anagram of "Earl.
Lear's nonsense works are distinguished by a facility of verbal invention and a poet's delight in the sounds of words, both real and imaginary.
A stuffed rhinoceros becomes a "diaphanous doorscraper. One of his most famous verbal inventions, the phrase " runcible spoon," occurs in the closing lines of The Owl and the Pussycat , and is now found in many English dictionaries:.