Landscape, Nonsense and the Demon of Epilepsy
CENTRE HALL (between the church and the health club)
Bristol, BS6 6AG
June 2012 at 7.30 pm
2012 is the bicentenary of Edward Lear's birth. He is best known
for his nonsense poetry and drawings. As a relief from professional
labours, Lear filled his vast correspondence with wordplay, creating his
cartoons with limerick captions for Lord Derby’s grandchildren and “The
Owl and the Pussycat” for Janet, daughter of the Bristolian, John
But Lear also painted landscapes as he travelled in Italy, Greece, the
Middle East and India. The paintings and his illustrated travel journals
are sole records of many sites now destroyed. His zoological illustrations
were well received, and he was favourably compared with Audubon.
Charles Lewsen is an actor and Lear scholar. He has performed his solo
theatre piece, “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear,” in London and Edinburgh,
and in festivals in Tel Aviv and the U.S.A. In July 2000 he gave a
performance at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol. He will quote diary
evidence of Edward Lear's epileptic seizures, and show how he kept his
pains secret, even from his closest friends.
The Bridge Foundation was founded in Bristol in 1984 to provide
psychotherapy services and promote a psychoanalytic understanding of the
Arts. This conference is one of our regular Small Arts Events, comprising
a talk and an opportunity to discuss the subject.
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