May 12, 1999
Poem: "The Jumblies," by Edward Lear (1812 - 1888).
It's the birthday in Belleville, Ontario, 1921, of FARLEY MOWAT, author of Never Cry Wolf, People of the Deer, and other books about the Canadian north.
It's the birthday in 1828, London, of poet and painter DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI, founder of the group of artists called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which sought to reform the sentimental style of Victorian painting by returning to the realism of the style dominant in the period before the 16th-century painter Raphael.
It's the birthday in 1812, London, of the painter and poet EDWARD LEAR, best known for his nonsense poems and limericks. Lear was the youngest of 21 children, and began drawing animals for illustrated books when he was a teenager. He became one of Victorian England's favorite painters, particularly of landscapes, and only started writing poems so he'd have something to go along with the sketches he made for the grandchildren of his patron, the Earl of Derby.
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