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A Passion for Natural History

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The Life and Legacy of the 13th Earl of Derby

Edward Smith Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby (1775-1851) was one of the most prominent natural historians of his day. This book, edited by Clemency Fisher, was produced to accompany the exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of this remarkable man, whose outstanding zoological collections founded Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool). As well as being a politician, landowner, builder, farmer, art collector and eminent Victorian naturalist, the Earl was a patron of the artist and nonsense poet Edward Lear, who wrote The Owl and the Pussycat for his grandchildren.

This richly illustrated book looks at the life of the Earl, the menagerie and art collection he built, and his relationship with Lear. It includes specimens from the collections, portraits and photographs of seashells, birds, plants and mammals, as well as watercolours by Lear, many drawn from Lord Derby's specimens or from living animals in his menagerie at Knowsley Hall.



Format: 240 pages, paperback
Publisher: National Museums Liverpool (2002)
ISBN: 978-1-902700-14-4 
Dimensions: 260 x 206 x 18mm



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