Lectures and Special Events

The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

November 7, 2016

Robert Peck Lecture

Edward Lear (1812–1888) is best known and much loved for “The Owl and the Pussycat” and other nonsense poetry, but he was also a fine painter of animals and landscapes around the world. Robert Peck, author of the new, illustrated book The Natural History of Edward Lear, discusses the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children’s writer, and why he abruptly and mysteriously abandoned his scientific work.

Note: A book signing will follow. 


Robert Peck

Robert McCracken Peck is the curator of art and artifacts at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, a guest curator of a bicentennial exhibition of Edward Lear’s natural history paintings at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, and veteran of many scientific expeditions to remote regions of the Amazon rainforest and Mongolian steppes.  He is the author of books on other masters of wildlife art, including Audubon and Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and has lectured widely on Lear in Great Britain and the United States.