Edward Lear and the Scientists


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History of science exhibition from the library and archives of the Royal Society.

Exhibition details

Although he is best known for his Nonsense poetry, Edward Lear (1812-1888) began his career as a scientific illustrator. This display of nineteenth-century natural history books showcases Lear's illustrations produced for Fellows of the Royal Society.

View a collection of Lear illustrations in our online exhibition.

More information about Open House.

Edward Lear and the Scientists 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Events coming up

  • Are you seeing clearly? 26 May 2015 at The Royal Society, London CafĂ© Scientifique exploring the future of light on earth.
  • Bioinspiration of new technologies 27 May 2015 at The Royal Society, London Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Denis Noble CBE FRS, Professor Clemens Kaminski and Professor Richard Templer
  • The next big thing 29 May 2015 at Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales Four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science at the Hay Festival.

For more events please see the events diary.