However he began his career as a zoological illustrator, illustrating the parrots in the Parrot House at ZSL London Zoo, this resulted in the publication of Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae, or parrots, the greater part of them species hitherto unfigured in 1832. Edward Lear may be best known for his nonsense verse, but in his early years he excelled as an illustrator of birds and reptiles. This set of 42 hand-colored lithographs , originally entitled Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots , was the finest achievement of his relatively brief career as a natural history draftsman , before failing eyesight led him to concentrate on his ... Compra online o livro The Parrots de Edward Lear na Fnac.pt com portes grátis e 10% desconto para Aderentes FNAC. Edward Lear book.
Lear was one of the first ornithological painters to base his artwork on live birds, rather than skins. The live parrots weren't in the wild. During Lear's time, live parrots were rare and much sought-after, bought and sold for large sums by wealthy amateurs of natural history, and prized by 19th century European aristocracy for their astonishing plumage and mimickry of the human voice.