Edward Lear’s Nonsense Birds
by Lear, Edward | The arts
Hardback | 80 pages, 24 Illustrations, colour; 40 Illustrations, black and white
Edward Lear loved birds. Of all the animals that sprang from his quirky imagination, birds held a special place, serving as the animal of choice for his zoomorphosis in self-portraiture. Not only did he draw more birds than any other animal, but he endowed them with particularly human characteristics. This book brings together a collection of Lear’s nonsense birds, such as ‘The Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich, who wore Boots to keep his feet quite dry’, as well as the twenty birds he hand-coloured such as ‘The Runcible Bird’ and ‘The Stripy Bird’. Each of these is endowed with unique character while collectively they form a gloriously humorous flock. Beautifully presented, this is a perfect gift for children of all ages as well as for lovers of birds.