2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edward Lear, celebrated British wildlife illustrator, landscape artist and travel writer, best remembered for his limericks and whimsical comic verse such as The Owl and the Pussycat. His book on the parrot family, with its stunning hand-coloured lithographs, included new species for Australia and pre-dated the work of John Gould. Lear started work on it when he was just 19 years old.
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Reproduced from LANDSCOPE magazine (Summer 2012, Vol. 28, No. 2). For more information and subscription details, visit shop.dpaw.wa.gov.au.