International Owl and Pussycat Day, the 12th of May 2017 last week was the anniversary of Edward Lear’s 205th Birthday.
To celebrate, my small birthday gift this year to Edward Lear are three pages from a book of his own limericks.
These three musty old pages have been torn out and the balck and white illustrations by Edward Lear have been hand-painted by one WLA on 5.12.93. This is presumably Tuesday the 5th of December 93 (probably 1893?), five years after Edward Lear died in 1888.
Queen Victoria was still on the throne. Nothing much else happened on this day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1893
Who knows why these were painted or ripped out or who WLA was? Enjoy their colourful Victorian watercolour efforts anyway.
Happy Birthday Edward Lear (albeit a few days late)
Read past blogposts for ideas on celebrating Lear’s Birthday or using nonsense verses for literacy fun in schools.
Blogposted by Mark Norris, marking International Owl and Pussycat Day, May 12th 2017