Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Brilliance of Edward Lear: A Nonsense Rhyme Sheet

This will be the first of our installments on Lear's work, all of which is comically illustrated to please children and adults alike. This page in particular shows how not every limerick is best said out of the range of young people's hearing.
All of his mature life, Edward Lear made fine art which was both colorful and quite well received in his day. Queen Victoria herself commissioned him to give her drawing lessons at one point. 
Today, some of us might remember his name in connection with the very famous children's poem, "The Owl and the Pussycat," although his illustrative cartoons may be less well known--or not known at all among children in the U.S.
Our page only incorporates a small cross section of Lear's nonsense rhymes, which went into print as early as 1846. This page is from a compendium of children's literature, but we are also pleased to announce we have his Nonsense book, in its entirety, in an antique reprint from the 1800's. Over time, we hope to make as many pages as may be had from our slim volume available here for free so that our many readers may share the genius of Lear with their kids and grandkids.
So, without further ado, here is our page containing just a little nonsense for a hot summer afternoon.
Happy Creativity!

Edward Lear Rhyme Page

Black & White
Downloadable Version HERE

Scanned Imagery courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use

Original Look
Downloadable Version HERE


Christine H. said...

I loved Lear as a child and still do. Wonderfully amusing.

Ann said...

where do you find these gems?!!!how fun!!!
thanks so much!!!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Christine: So glad you like his work too!
I once tried to memorize the entire length of his Owl & Pussycat poem. I think I was about 10 then. Don't think I ever accomplished my goal, but it was fun trying!

Ann: Aw, shucks! Yer makin' us blush here!
Love how you get so enthusiastic over so many of what we do offer.
I just love hearing from you, actually.

Mina said...

I used to love Edward Lear. Thank you so much for the re-introduction. I hope your day is wonderful.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Mina: Thank you, darlin'. So glad we found this for you!

Taluula said...

Yay, thank you so much. These will definitely get my Muse creating.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Taluula: So glad you could come by and find your Muse tickled by what we offer! ;)

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