Exhibition celebrates Edward Lear's bicentenary

Date Posted: 08/10/2012

Group travel organisers can now arrange a visit to the Happy Birthday Edward Lear exhibition, celebrating 200 years since the birth of the poet, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford until 6th January.

Lear’s bicentenary is being celebrated with events and exhibitions throughout the world. As the home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of his work in the UK, the Ashmolean Museum has created this retrospective exhibition covering all aspects of his career.

From early natural history illustrations and extraordinary landscape sketches, to the nonsense drawings and verses for which Lear is so well known, the exhibition presents 100 works of art from the Ashmolean’s own Lear collection, loans from the Bodleian Library, and works from private collections.

Happy Birthday Edward Lear presents his work chronologically with watercolours, oil paintings, manuscripts, and illustrated books carefully selected to reflect every aspect of his artistic output.

For further group travel information visit www.ashmolean.org.

Photo credit: Edward Lear Macrocercus Aracanga or Red and Yellow Macaw from ‘Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae or Parrots.’ © Alexander Library of Ornithology.

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