I came across Lear at the age of about 5 years old when his nonsense rhymes were read to me. Later in my art world career as a partner at Sotheby's 1964 - 1981, I regularly saw his works go through the rooms and I suppose it was at about that time I fell in love with the island of Corfu and began to collect his drawings and paintings of the Ionian period, from the late 1840s, 1850s and 1860s.
In 2012, I was involved in organizing a bicentenary exhibition of his works in Corfu. Following on the success of this well-received exhibition, I realized speaking with Spiro Flamburiari that no one had ever created an Edward Lear Society, which we began to work on. So finally, with Ellida's precious collaboration we are really there and it is supported by the many luminaries in their various expert fields covering all interests held by Edward Lear.
Please follow the link to access the Society's webpage: http://www.edwardlearsociety.org/