An illustrated tribute exhibition celebrating 200 years of Edward Lear
The Poetry Society,Â 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX
Monday 7 May to Friday 8 June
020 7420 9880 Â www.poetrysociety.org.uk
There is more than one defining Victorian writer celebrating his bicentenary this year. Edward Lear, who gave us â€˜The Owl and the Pussycatâ€™ and â€˜The Dong With a Luminous Noseâ€™, developed the limerick into a staple of nonsense verse, and whose drawings are still instantly recognisable, was born 200 years ago on 12 May â€“ a milestone that threatens to pass quietly, overshadowed by his contemporary Dickens.
But illustrator Andrew Baker and animator Linda Hughes (working together as Paper Galaxy) have stepped into the breach, mounting an exhibition at the Poetry Societyâ€™s Poetry CafÃ© in Covent Garden to say, â€œThank you, Mr Learâ€. â€˜Happy Birthday Edward Learâ€™ will feature work by an astonishing range of over 40 artists and illustrators, including Ceri Amphlett, Glen Baxter, Peter Blegvad, Geoff Grandfield, Jonny Hannah, Times cartoonist Morten MÃ¸rland, Simon Pemberton, and Vaughan Oliver, who created the artwork for all of the Pixiesâ€™ albums. The pictures, inspired by Edward Learâ€™s work, encompass all styles and contemporary interpretations.
Some of the exhibitions images will subsequently be on display in The Gallery in Ripon