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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
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Acclaimed biographer Jenny Uglow introduces her joyful and moving appreciation of Edward Lear’s extraordinary life and work.

We know Edward Lear as a genius of nonsense, full of shocks and surprises, and as a poet of strange loves – The Owl and the Pussy Cat, The Dong with a Luminous Nose. We may know him, too, for his superb paintings of birds and animals – he is still regarded as one of the finest natural history painters – or for his luminous landscapes. But do we know that he taught Queen Victoria to draw, travelled alone across the wild Albanian mountains, or waded through muddy fields with Tennyson?

Jenny’s talk will follow Lear from his troubled childhood to his striving as an artist, tracking his swooping moods, passionate friendships and restless travels. And as we travel with him, his ‘nonsenses’ are elegantly unpicked – without losing any of their fun – and his complex poetic genius is revealed.

After Jenny’s talk the audience will be able to see a specially curated display of autograph letters, watercolours, and drawings by Edward Lear from the Museum’s collections, in Gallery 3. There will also be the opportunity to see his oil painting of The Temple of Apollo at Bassae, on permanent display in Gallery 2.

 

Tickets available from mid-February. For further information visit the Cambridge Literary Festival website.

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