Born: May 12, 1812
Died: January 29, 1888
Occupation: Artist, illustrator, writer
Biography: Edward Lear was a British artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularised. From childhood he suffered ill health, including epilepsy, of which he was ashamed, and depression. He travelled widely over much of his life before settling in Sanremo.