Edward Lear (1812Ė1888) is best known today for his witty limericks and endearing nonsense verse. But the celebrated author of 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat' also created some of the most stunning paintings of birds and mammals during an age when many species were just being discovered and brought to private menageries and zoos throughout Europe. The Natural History of Edward Lear brings together more than 200 of Learís strikingly beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and landscapes. Robert McCracken Peck sheds light on Learís astounding creativity, productivity, and success as an artist. He discusses Learís humor, extensive travels, and important place in the history of science, and shows how Lear influenced other artists from Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak to James Prosek and Walton Ford.
With a foreword by David Attenborough, a new chapter discussing Learís interest in pets, and never-before-published illustrations by Lear, this new edition offers invaluable perspectives on a beloved writer who was also one of the greatest natural-history artists of all time.