YOU, MR LEAR
This is the story of a journey
in search of the character and work of the Victorian polymath Edward
Lear (1812-1888). Best known today as a nonsense poet and humourist,
Lear was also a talented celebrated topographical landscape painter.
On the 150th anniversary of Lear's appointment as Queen Victoria's drawing
master (in 1866), the author and his wife set sail in their yacht Gang
Warily, from near Osborne house, Queen Victoria's home in the Isle of
Wight. They cross the Channel, navigate the rivers and canals of France
to the Mediterranean, and follow the coast of Italy from Lear's adopted
home at San Remo south as far as Calabria.
A fascinating account of a voyage of discovery, richly illustrated,
and including some of Lear's own most accomplished drawings and paintings,
as well as new insights into the life an work of a remarkable man.
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