Programs

The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 2:00pm
The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 2:00pm
The lecture will be held at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA.
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
 
Join us for a fascinating lecture with Robert Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the author of a new book, "The Natural History of Edward Lear". Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known and much loved for "The Owl and the Pussycat" and other nonsense poetry, but Lear was also a fine painter of birds, mammals, reptiles, and landscapes and an adventurous, worldwide traveler. Mr. Peck will detail the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children's writer, who abruptly and mysteriously abandoned his scientific work soon after he achieved preeminence in the field. Mr. Peck is the curator of art and artifacts at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and was a guest curator of a bicentennial exhibition of Edward Lear's natural history paintings at Harvard University's Houghton Library.
 
The Barnes Endowed Lecture is presented annually in memory of Laura L. Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation Arboretum. Copies of "the Natural History of Edward Lear" will be available for purchase and Mr. Peck will be available for a book signing following the lecture.