Edward Lear and the Scientists


Lear snowy owls

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

  • Tackling the great challenges of the 21st Century 05 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society in conversation with Lord Stern, President of the British Academy.
  • Suffrage Science Awards Ceremony 08 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London An evening celebrating the achievements of leading women scientists on International Women’s Day
  • Ebola: inside an epidemic 09 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London Discover the how and why of the 2014 Ebola outbreak from leading public health figures. Panel discussion chaired by Dame Sally Davies FRS.

For more events please see the events diary.