Edward Lear Poems
Art from Abrams
From: mbutler@southgaylord.com

Subject: Lear on Lear


The great nonsense poet Edward Lear sets the category of insult on its head, or makes it do somersaults, in his poem mocking himself:

How pleasant to know Mr. Lear,
Who has written such volumes of stuff.
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few find him pleasant enough.

His mind is concrete and fastidious,
His nose is remarkably big;
His visage is more or less hideous,
His beard it resembles a wig.

He has ears, and two eyes, and ten fingers,
(Leastways if you reckon two thumbs);
He used to be one of the singers,
But now he is one of the dumbs.

He sits in a beautiful parlour,
With hundreds of books on the wall;
He drinks a great deal of marsala,
But never gets tipsy at all.

He has many friends, laymen and clerical,
Old Foss is the name of his cat;
His body is perfectly spherical,
He weareth a runcible hat.

When he walks in waterproof white,
The children run after him so!
Calling out, "He's gone out in his night-
Gown, that crazy old Englishman, oh!"

He weeps by the side of the ocean,
He weeps on the top of the hill;
He purchases pancakes and lotion,
And chocolate shrimps from the mill.

He reads, but he does not speak, Spanish,
He cannot abide ginger beer;
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish,
How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!

--- M. Butler
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From: jashford@jashford.com

Subject: Nudes

Hi Lolita,

I just stumbled upon the art below on your page:


I'd love to know where it comes from. I collect historical images of women giving birth. You can see some samples of what I've been doing here:


Thanks very much for any help you can give.

--- Janet Ashford
Writer, Photographer, Musician

Hi, Janet,

And thanks for your enquiry.

The photograph you are interested in appeared in Harry N. Abrams' book Nude Sculpture that we reviewed some ten years ago. It's by David Finn, and our review of the original title can be found at


--- Ed
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