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Book Description
‘Leech created a dramatis personae of loveable characters who were instantly recognizable to the Victorian public: the sturdy British householder, the henpecked husband, the plain spinster, the intrepid sportsman Mr Briggs, the Brook Green volunteer, and the dandified and time-serving flunky James. The last was really the creation of the Punch contributor Thackeray in 1845, but Leech was to continue it for many years. His holidays were spent among his sporting friends hunting, shooting, and fishing in the shires, a rich quarry for his humour and sketches, often including landscape.’ The work was advertised as being enlarged through a new process by the Electro-Block Printing Company. Apparently an impression was taken from the original wood blocks on rubber this was then stretched to a required larger size from which the image was re-transferred to a larger lithographic stone. Leech was quite taken by the process and held two exhibitions of ‘sketches in oil’ works printed on canvas and coloured by the Artist, at the Egyptian Hall and the Auction Mart in London in 1862 Despite the name of the process it required no electricity and was soon superseded by photo-lithography.^z
Author LEECH, John.
Date 1860
Binding original ochre printed wrappers with additional caricature; preserved in brown half morocco by Zaehnsdorf, gilt top, spine lettered in gilt, worn at extremities.
Publisher London, Bradbury & Evans
Pages Folio, 12 hand coloured lithograph plates,

Price: £850.00

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