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    Edward Lear. Chough. A hand-colored lithograph by Lear from John Gould's Birds of Europe (London: 1832-37). Some areas of discoloration at the edges. Very good condition.

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    Very faint mat-burn. A couple of pin holes at edges. Tape on the reverse has caused some staining to front upper corners and to lower edge. Light penciled notations. Approximately 14 x 21 inches.

    Edward Lear (1812-1888), though best-known today as a writer of nonsense verse, is also, in the estimation of many, considered "perhaps the best of all bird painters" (Sitwell). Born in North London (the twentieth child of his parents!), Lear taught himself to draw from nature. By the age of only nineteen he had produced and distributed his amazing and innovative Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots for his small subscriber list of 175. He worked for John Gould for several years, contributing much to his Birds of Europe and greatly influencing Gould's later works (Gould, for instance, adopted Lear's medium of hand-colored lithographs printed on large folio paper). Lear's art was markedly different from other bird artists of the time in that he drew from living specimens, a practice which gave his birds liveliness and distinctive character. As Lear's eyesight grew worse, he concentrated on the nonsensical verse for which he is primarily known today, but the sheer mastery and beauty of his bird illustration can not be overstated.



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