Edward Lear, English artist, illustrator, author, and poet was born on this day 12th May, 1812. In 1846 Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks that went through three editions and in 1876 he published his most famous piece on nonsense The Owl and the Pussycat B. Lowe
Illustrations of the family of Psittacidœ, or parrots : the greater part of them species hitherto unfigured, containing forty-two lithographic plates, drawn from life, and on stone. Lear, Edward, 1812-88. London. Published by E. Lear, 1832.