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“Edward Lear: Art & Nonsense” A Talk by Jenny Uglow

Mr Lear: A life of Art and Nonsense

Explore Lear’s exuberant genius – as a natural history artist, a landscapist and as a creator of unforgettable nonsense with Jenny Uglow on Saturday 3 February 2018 – 11.30 am – 12.30pm at the Works on Paper Fair at the Royal Geographical Society. We have teamed up with the Works on Paper Fair which has kindly provided free entry tickets to the fair for ELS members (value £20 per person, valid anytime between 1-4 Feb). This does not include tickets to the Talk which is an additional £10 and must be booked in advance through the following website:

If you are a member of ELS society, you will receive a newsletter with the ticket code. If you are not a member you can join today from our home page under “membership”.

“Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense” 

About the book:
Edward Lear (1812-1888) carried a sketchbook with him all his adult life, leaving thousands of drawings, sketches, watercolours and lithographs. Jenny Uglow explores his exuberant genius – as a natural history artist, a landscapist and a creator of unforgettable nonsense. Lovable and lonely, Lear’s ‘works of paper’ from the Owl and the Pussycat, and the Dog with a luminous nose, to botanical specimens like ‘Manypeeplia upsidownia’ and the defiant, eccentric limericks, belong to their time and still delight us today.


Jenny Uglow is particularly interested in the relation of text, idea and image. Her books in this field include award-winning biographies of William Hogarth and Thomas William Bewick, as well as a study of Sarah Losh, a surprising Victorian architect and visionary, and the short Words and Pictures: A Peculiarly British Tradition.

Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow

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'There was a young lady whose bonnet'; Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Typ 55.14.

‘There was a young lady whose bonnet’; Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Typ 55.14.