Syd Curtis raised the subject of Edward Lear.
Yes, he did illustrate some of Gould's books.
His work is considered by many critics to be on par with the drawings
of John J. Audubon.
(click the underlined words for a larger view)
He also published "Illustrations of the Family
of Psittacidae, or Parrots, London, 1832
For 42 (magnificent) plates
(click the miniature plates for a larger view)
For a chronology of his life see...
I agree that Edward Lear's illustrations were
Here are samples of his nonsense verse....
There was an old
man with a beard
Who said "It is just as I feared"
and a hen
Four larks and a wren
Have all made their nest in my
There was an old person of Crowle
Who lived in the nest
of an owl;
When they screamed in the nest,
screamed out with the rest,
That depressing old person of
There was an old man of Dunblane
Who greatly resembled
But they said, 'Is it wrong,
legs are so long,
To request you won't stayt in Dunblane?'.
There was an old person of Hove
Who frequented the
depths of a grove;
studied his books
wrens and the rooks,
That tranquil old person of Hove.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.