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JOHN LEECH. Punch and Pictures of Life and Character. Pencil with some watercolor. 24 preliminary sketches primarily for Punch and Pictures of Life and Character, 1851-1854. Most mounted on small cards with annotations identifying the captions and places of publication. Various sizes. Some signed with initials 'J.L.' Overall age-toning.
John Leech was the pre-eminent Punch cartoonist before Sir John Tenniel. He is also remembered for being the original illustrator of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843). Includes the sketch for 'BLOOMERISM!,' an early jab at Victorian feminism that appeared in Punch in 1851.