Cartoon by Edward Lear.
Lear annotated his sketches with notes and descriptions, giving the works a highly personal quality. He deliberately misspelt words and played with repetition and senseless phrases, creating his own unique language. Today he is best remembered for his nonsense poetry and caricatures
, which demonstrate his offbeat humour and personality.
Lucy Gardner, Assistant Curator of Fine Art, was so inspired when researching the display she took to writing her own nonsense poetry which sparked an idea for our latest competition!
See below for details and how to enter…
Are you a hiding a talent for nonsense poetry?
It explores the life of the 13th Earl of Derby (owner of nearby Knowsley Hall) and his relationship with Edward Lear.
To get you started here’s Lucy’s poem:
Liverpool once had a Mayor called Walker,
Who wanted an Art Gallery for her,
He said ‘I’ve got cash that I’m willing to splash,
So they called the building the Walker!