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Drawing of birds by Edward Lear


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Lear drew 16 of these comic birds during his stay in Northern Italy about 1880, for Charles Geffrard Pirouet, then a small boy staying at the same hotel as the artist. This print is a composite of six of them.
Birds, Edward Lear (1812–88)
Ink and watercolour
England, late 19th century
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Edward Lear


A3 (297mm × 420mm)


Giclée printed on 300 gsm textured watercolour paper

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Edward Lear

Edward Lear was an English artist and illustrator known for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks. One of Lear's admirers was Beatrix Potter who was fascinated by his nonsense rhymes and limericks. Both artists often wrote with a particular child in mind.