Robert McCracken Peck
Image by Cliff Crawford

Book Launch: Tuesday 13th April

Robert McCracken Peck’s new book on Edward Lear, the painter of birds and mammals in an age when many species were just being discovered and brought to private menageries and zoos throughout Europe, is launched in the UK on 13th April. The Natural History of Edward Lear brings together more than 200 of Lear’s strikingly beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and landscapes and sheds light on Lear’s astounding creativity, productivity, and success as an artist. Robert McCracken Peck discusses Lear’s humour, extensive travels, and important place in the history of science, and shows how Lear influenced other artists from Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak to James Prosek and Walton Ford.

With a foreword by David Attenborough, a chapter discussing Lear’s interest in pets, and never-before-published illustrations by Lear, this new edition offers invaluable perspectives on a beloved writer who was also one of the greatest natural-history artists of all time.

Festival goers can buy the book using discount token "PEC21" from the Princeton University Press web site.

Listen to Robert McCracken Peck’ talk at the Bavard Bar opening event here.

Or listen to the full Bavard Bar show.

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