Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, is the author of the new, profusely illustrated book The Natural History of Edward Lear.  Best known and much loved for "The Owl and the Pussycat" and other nonsense poetry, Edward Lear (1812-1888) was also a fine painter of birds, mammals, reptiles, and landscapes and an adventurous, worldwide traveler.  In his talk, Mr. Peck will detail the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children's writer, who abruptly and mysteriously abandoned his scientific work soon after he achieved preeminence in the field.  Mr. Peck is the curator of art and artifacts at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and was a guest curator of a bicentennial exhibition of Edward Lear's natural history paintings at Harvard University's Houghton Library. 

This lecture is being presented by Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Ambler Theater and will be held at 2pm on November 15 at the Ambler Theater at 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA.  The cost for this lecture is $15 for Arboretum and Ambler Theater members and $20 for non-members, which includes a reception with refreshments.  Advance tickets are required. Register at:  or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125.

Morris Arboretum lectures are supported in part by the Klein Lecture Endowment given in memory of Dr. William M. Klein who served from 1977-1990 as the Arboretum’s first full-time director; the Laura L. Barnes Lecture Endowment of The Philadelphia Foundation, given in memory of Laura Barnes by students and alumni of her school of horticulture; and the Byron Lukens Lecture Endowment, given in memory of educator and Arboretum volunteer, Byron Lukens and his wife Elizabeth.

Photo Credit:  Courtesy, Robert Peck