The Nature of Friendship will explore the link between Edward Lear and Selborne.
The nonsense writer Edward Lear was close friends to Professor Thomas Bell who lived in the house after Gilbert White’s death. Bell was a zoologist and edited his own version of the Natural History of Selborne. Lear illustrated Bell’s A History of British Quadripeds. Lear visited Bell in Selborne and was fascinated by the old fashioned superstitions still held by it’s residents.
The exhibition is a celebration of the natural world that so inspired Lear, Bell and Gilbert White. It will explore Lear’s links with Selborne, and his relationship with the natural world through his work.
The exhibition is being curated with the help of the museum by Dr Sara Lodge of St. Andrews University. Dr Lodge has recently published a book on Lear entitled Inventing Edward Lear which will be available from our shop during the exhibition which will run from May until the end of August. The exhibition will be based in the Discovery Room and Long Corridor, as well as linking in Bells Library, which is of course named after Professor Bell. There will also be a set of Edward Lear events and activities running throughout the exhibition so keep your eyes open for more information coming soon.