[[ epub pdf ]] The natural history of Edward LearAuthor Robert McCracken Peck – Papercuts.co

Peck, Described As A Naturalist, Writer, And Historian With A Special Interest In The Intersection Of Science And Art , Knows His Stuff, Having Curated An Exhibition Of Lear S Paintings At Harvard S Houghton Library But He Writes A Friendly, Easy Going Prose And Keeps All His Chapters Brief, Sometimes No Longer Than A Page Or Two Through Careful Design, The Book S Images And Text Are Also Neatly Integrated Michael Dirda Financial Review Robert McCracken Peck S The Natural History Of Edward Lear Is, In Part, A Concise Biography Of The Great Victorian Artist, Traveller, And Nonsense Poet, Butparticularly A Celebration Of Lear S Youthful Works As An Illustrator Of Plants And Animals Beautifully Produced, This Is A Title That Serious Bookshops Will Be Recommending The Washington Post Over Years Of Careful Research At Harvard And Elsewhere, McCracken Peck Has Discovered A Great Deal That Is New And Which Will Fascinate Anyone With A Love For Lear And For Fine Natural History Illustration The TimesStunning Illustrations Many Reproduced Here For The First Time By Writer And Illustrator Edward Lear Confirming His Place Among The Greatest Natural History Painters Of All Time With A Foreword By Sir David Attenborough Before He Became Celebrated As The Writer And Illustrator Nonsense Poetry, Edward Lear Was A Prolific Painter Of Natural History Subjects Who Earned Near Universal Praise For The Accuracy, Originality And Elegant Style Of His Animated Depictions Of Birds And Other Wildlife His Best Remembered Scientific Contribution Is His Magnificent Monograph On Parrots, The First English Natural History Book To Focus On A Single Family Of Birds, Which He Began To Publish When He Was Just His Depictions Of Species Hitherto Unfigured Of That Gaudy Group Of Birds Dazzled The World And Established Lear As The Artist Of Choice For Many Of The Leading Ornithological Publishers In That Golden Age Of Colour Plate Books, An Era Still Celebrated For The Great Volumes Created By John James Audubon And John Gould, Lear Created Some Of The Most Spectacular Natural History Illustrations Ever Published He Did So Without The Benefit Of Any Formal Training In Art, And With Neither Independent Funding Nor Institutional Support The Original Watercolours For His Scientific Paintings Many Reproduced Here For The First Time Confirm Lear S Place Among The Greatest Natural History Painters Of All Time