Happy Birthday, Edward Lear

An illustrated tribute exhibition celebrating 200 years of Edward Lear

Poetry Café

The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

Monday 7 May to Friday 8 June

020 7420 9880  www.poetrysociety.org.uk

Andrew Baker: L is for Lear

Andrew Baker: L is for Lear

There is more than one defining Victorian writer celebrating his bicentenary this year. Edward Lear, who gave us ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘The Dong With a Luminous Nose’, developed the limerick into a staple of nonsense verse, and whose drawings are still instantly recognisable, was born 200 years ago on 12 May – a milestone that threatens to pass quietly, overshadowed by his contemporary Dickens.

Mark Hinckley of The Gentlemen Creatives, Vienna: Warnung

Mark Hinckley of The Gentlemen Creatives, Vienna: Warnung

But illustrator Andrew Baker and animator Linda Hughes (working together as Paper Galaxy) have stepped into the breach, mounting an exhibition at the Poetry Society’s Poetry Café in Covent Garden to say, “Thank you, Mr Lear”. ‘Happy Birthday Edward Lear’ 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 Mørland, Simon Pemberton, and Vaughan Oliver, who created the artwork for all of the Pixies’ albums. The pictures, inspired by Edward Lear’s work, encompass all styles and contemporary interpretations.

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Some of the exhibitions images will subsequently be on display in The Gallery in Ripon

Neil Hadfeild: Happy Birthday Mr Lear

Neil Hadfeild: Happy Birthday Mr Lear

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