Lot 314: ANTIQUE ORIGINAL c. 1870 John Leech Etching Illustration Approximately 5 inches high X 4 inches wide plus margins

The Book Barn

April 26, 2018
Edgewater, FL, US

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Description: ANTIQUE ORIGINAL 1880 John Leech Etching Illustration, suitable for framing, Approximately 5 inches high X 4 inches wide plus ample margins. ANTIQUE ORIGINAL circa 1870 John Leech Etching Illustration titled: "Administering A Powder To the Olive." from the novel "Christopher Tadpole" by Albert Smith. Etching is signed in the plate, "John Leech." A separate page of text from the novel that further explains the etching is included. The etching comes from the book "Etchings By John Leech" published by William Tegg (England) ND (circa 1870). This book consists of John Leech original etchings that were used for three of the novels that Leech illustrated, two of which Tegg had published. The novels are: "Jack Bragg" by Theodore Hook, "Christopher Tadpole" by Albert Smith, & "Hector O'Halloran" by W. H. Maxwell.

John Leech (1817-1864) was an English caricaturist & illustrator. He is best known for his work for "Punch", a humorous magazine for a broad middle-class audience, combining verbal and graphic political satire with light social comedy. Leech catered to contemporary prejudices, such as anti-Americanism & anti-semitism & supported acceptable social reforms. The purity and manliness of Leech's own character are impressed on his art. We find in it little of the exaggeration and grotesqueness, and none of the fierce political enthusiasm, of which the designs of his contemporaries James Gillray & George Cruishank are so full.

The etching plate has light edge wear, one edge is rough where is was removed from the book, & there is a library stamp, "Colchester Public Libraries", in one margin. The library stamp would covered by the mat when framed. Overall the etching's condition is Very Good.

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Condition Report: Very Good Condition
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