About the artist
Edward Lear (1812-1888), an English artist, writer, and traveler, is best known for his humorous verses and the popularization of limericks. However, his primary source of income came from his drawings and paintings. Initially employed by the Zoological Society, he shifted to topographical painting in the 1830s due to eye strain. Using watercolours and oils, he developed a distinct style characterised by clarity and vibrant lighting. Lear extensively explored the Mediterranean and the Middle East, documenting his journeys through illustrated publications. After settling in San Remo, Italy in 1871, he intended to cease major travels but later visited India, inspiring one of his most remarkable works, "Kinchinjunga from Darjeeling" (1877).