Edward Lear

May 12, 1812 - Jan 29, 1888

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes, and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry.
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“Calico Pie, The little Birds fly Down to the calico tree, Their wings were blue, And they sang “Tilly-loo!” Till away they flew— And they never came back to me!”

Edward Lear
May 12, 1812 - Jan 29, 1888
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