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Edward Lear

 (1812 - 1888)
Edward Lear was active/lived in United Kingdom, Italy, England.  Edward Lear is known for ornithology and travel book illustrations, landscape painting.

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Edward Lear (12 May 1812 - 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized.

Lear was born into a middle-class family in the village of Holloway, the 21st child of Ann and Jeremiah Lear. He was raised by his eldest sister, also named Ann, 21 years his senior. A nn doted on Lear and continued to mother him until her death, when Lear was almost 50 years of age.  Due to the family's failing financial fortune, at age four he and his sister had to leave the family home and set up house together.

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