Edward Lear even taught Britain’s Queen Victoria how to draw. When he was just 15 years old he earned money from his paintings. His drawings were so accurate that the Zoological Society asked him to paint the parrots at London Zoo. It took him one year to complete the job. He enjoyed doing the paintings, but he hated the noise! Much later, Lear worked as an animal and bird painter for the Earl of Derby. In his spare time, he amused the Earl’s grandchildren by doing funny drawings for them. Soon he began writing limericks to accompany the drawings. Lear was often ill in the cold English winters so he decided to travel to warmer countries. He lived in many countries including Egypt, Greece, India and Italy and he painted in every country he visited.