Leech, John (1817 – 1864)


Nascido em Londres, Leech estudou em Charterhouse e, mais tarde, estudou medicina, mas tendo publicado, aos 18 anos, Etchings and Sketchings, virou-se para a arte. A partir de 1841 ele publicou centenas de sketches sobre a vida da classe média e cartoons politicos no Punch, e também contribuiu com gravuras de madeira para o Illustrated London News (1856) e Once a Week (1859 – 62).
Para além disto, Leech também ilustrou vários livros, incluindo Christmas Carol de Charles Dickens’ e as novelas desportivas de Robert Smith Surtees. Ele foi, também, o autor de várias series litografadas, em particular: Portraits of the Children of the Mobility (1841).

 

  Born in London, Leech was educated at Charterhouse and then he studied medicine, but having published, at the age of 18, Etchings and Sketchings, he turned to art. From 1841 he published hundreds of sketches of middle class life and political cartoons in Punch, he also contributed woodcuts to the Illustrated London News (1856) and Once a Week (1859 – 62).
Leech has, in addition, illustrated several books, including Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and the sporting novels of Robert Smith Surtees. He was, as well, the author of several lithographed series, particularly Portraits of the Children of the Mobility (1841).