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DRAWINGS
BY

JOHN LEECH
A
collection

of eighty-four comical
this

pictures

by

famous

artist.

Including

coachings hunting

and

fishing scenes.

WILLIAM

T.

HENDERSON

156 Fifth Avenue, New York

Prefatory Note.
^JmOHN LEECH,
whose
Jiiimoroiis pictures

f

of English

life

and character for

years were the soul
the delight
luorld,

many of ''Punch" and
so

of nearly the entire English-speaking
in

was born

London about 1817, and died

there on

October 29, 1864, at the comparatively

early age of forty-seven.
in

His draivings appeared
establishment,

''Punch" soon after
to the

its

and

con-

tinued up
features

time of his death.

The social

found a more apt or kindly

and extravagances of England never delineator, and in
One char-

sporting scenes he ivas pre-eminent.
acteristic

of Leech's drawings, as it is of those of his distinguished successor, Du Maurier, is

Prefatory Note.
tJieir fidelity to

English

life.

The

slight exag-

gerations which the artist permits himself never
affects

the value

of his drawings as accurate

pictures of social conditions.

''Many people"
in his recent essay

remtirks

Mr. Henry James,

on

Du

Maurier, "have gathered their knowledge
life

of Ettglish
it

almost entirely

from

^

Punch,'

and

would

be difficult to imagine a

more abundant

and, on the whole, a more accurate informant.

The accumulated volumes of
tain evidence on a multitude

this periodical con-

of points of which
works

there

is

no mention

in

the serious
the day.

—not

even in the novels
details

—of

The smallest

of

social habit are depicted there,
in

and

tJie is

oddities

of a race of people
be further

wJiom oddity

strangely compatible with the dominion of convention

y

It

is

to
'^

remarked of

social

caricatures in

Punch," that they are very rarely
There are very few lapses

coarse, cruel, or bitter.

Prefatory Note.
of
taste ;

and for

the most part they are remark-

able for their genial
^*

and

even friendly spirit.
class,

Punch'' has satirized every

every social

form of ftational caprice, but it has made no enemies, and to-day there are few held in greater affection and esteem, in England than
foible, every

two of the most persistent satirizers of

its

people

—folm Leech and George du Maurier.
The
selections

for

this little

volume have been
artist

made with
morist,

the purpose

of representing the
his ivork

in all the various

forms of as a satirist, and as a
social life.

—as

a hu-

delineator

of char-

acter

and

" Leech," says

Mr. fames,
he

" never
did.

made a mistake ; he did
tvas

ivell ivhat ever

He
and

ahvays amusing, always full of always intensely English"

sense

point,

T* ^ft'^^i^wfy

^3

Co n
Prefatory Note

t e

n

t s
PAGB

3

Pitiable Objects " Health-giving Pursuit

A

"...
in

13

14
15

Confirmed Bachelor
Startling Fact
!

16

Never carry your Gloves

your Hat

17

Coming Fashion
Badly Hit

in

Bonnets

18
19

What they Said
Suburban
Mr. Briggs
Fly-Fishing
tries

to

Themselves

20
21

Felicity

.......
.....

a Likely Place for a Perch

22

23

Blind with Rage
Sporting Intelligence

24
25

Helping

Him On

26
27

8
Not a Bad Idea

Contents.
PAGE

for

Strengthening Sea Air

Hoops

—a

Natural Mistake

Angling

in the Serpentine

Not a Bad Judge Sound Advice The Course of True Love,
After Supper.

.... ....
Weather
.

Warm

.

28
29

30
31

32

33
etc.
!

— Strange
!

34
35

The Gentle

Craft

Something in That Mr. B. goes AngHng
Fly-Fishing.

A

Ripple on the Water

The Knife-Trick

A

Fine Disposition

.... .... .... ....
Admission
.

36
37

.

.

.

.

38 39 40
41 42

.

.

In the Temple

.

The

Battle of the Pianos

.

43

Alarming Occurrence

44
45

A A

Tit-Bit

False Position
!

Bloomerism

Elegant Creatures
Private Theatricals

.... .... ....

.

.

46
47

.

.

48 49

Contents.
Cigarettes and Captainettes

9
PAGE

50
51 52

An

Addition to the Family
Cautious Bird
it

A
An

....
.
.

Was

a Mistake

?

,

.

.

53

Idea of Wickedness
Disciple of Old Isaac
!
.

.

54
55

Snow-Flakes

A

.

.

56
57

Well over, anyhow Elegant Material for Trousers The Marriage Question
.

.

.

.

58 59 60
61

A

Jolly

Old Paterfamilias

.

Consols at 90 Consols A Little Darling

....
at

80

.

.

62

A
An
An

Bon-Bon from a Juvenile Party

63
.

Object of Interest Flunkeiana
Elegant Habit Dreadful for Young Oxford.
! . .

64
65

.

.

.

66
67

Amateur Posturing
Going
to

Fearful Practical Joke

Cover

.... .... ....
.

.

.

68 69
70
71

.

The Shuttlecock Nuisance

lo

Contents.

Man on the Gray Rather awkward for Tomkins Appearance of Things after a Somersault
Fly-Fishing.

...
. •

72
73

— Getting
.

74
75

a Rise
.
.

Did you Ever?

.

.

-76
77

The Test The

of Gallantry

Preparing for a Day's Fishing
Picnic
Friendly, but very Unpleasant

A

Great Mental Effort Discernment
Life in

London The Husband as he ought
.

....... ....... ......
.
.

.

-78
79
81

.

.

.

.80
82 83

.

.

.

.

to be,
.

and
.

as
.

he

ought not to be Table d'Hdte at Paris Another Pretty Little Americanism Yet another Americanism

A

Framework

for a

New

No Consequence
The Garret and
Something
like a

......
'Oss
. .

.... ....
.
.

.84
85

.86
87

.

.88
89

the Conservatory

.

.

.90
.

Aggravating

— Rather!

Holiday
.

.

.

.

91

.

.

.

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Pictures

of

Ltfe

and Character.

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Oxford Swell. now ? " Oh dear Snip.
term than
ever, sir."

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Do you make many
;

of these monkey-jackets,

yes, sir

there are

more monkeys

in

Oxford

this

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Never carry your Gloves
Mr. PoFFiNGTON
flatters

in

your Hat.
{Per-

himself he

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haps he

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Delicate Creature.

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32

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Master Tom.
Gran'pa. Gran'pa.
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Steady Man. "A man must work nowadays, or he gets left behind. The only position worth having is what you make for yourself," etc., etc.

work.
to

"Oh, yes, I quite ag\vee with you about mind work, you know, in a genewal way — but I object what I call work of superwewogation " Steady Man. " And pray what do you understand by that ?" Youthful Swell. " Why— I mean I don't care to do anything
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— —

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!

waltz

all

night

"
!

46

Bloomerism
Strong-minded Female.
that foolish novel,
;

!

" Now, do, pray, Alfred, put

down

and do something; rational. Go and play something on the piano you never practice, now you're married."

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Arthur. "Mamma! isn't Mr. Blanque a wicked man?" No! What makes you ask such Mamma. " Wicked, my dear
!

a question ?"

Arthur.

"

Why,

because,

mamma

dear,

when he comes
!

into

churdi, he doesn't smell his hat as other people do

54

Snow-Flakes.
Street Boy
balls, sir
sir
! !

(to his
sir
!

No,

I

natural enemy, the Policeman',. "Snowhaven't seen no one throw no snowballs,

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Elegant material for trousers
to

;

—only

takes two

men

show the
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pattern.

The Marriage
Brown.
Well,
I
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Question.

So, you're gfoing to

marry old Mrs. Yellowboyce.
!

think you're a dooced lucky fellah

Jones.

" By Jove,

I
it,

don't think the luck
I

is

all

she finds money, hang

find blood

and

— haw — beauty

on

my

side!
!

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?

Bachelor Friexd.
real or stuffed
?

" H'm, ha!

I

see

— young

gorilla!

Is

he

62

A

Bon-bon from a Juvenile Party.
" That's a pretty "
girl

First Juvenile.

talking to

young Al-

gernon BiNKS Second Juvenile.
!

H'm — tol-lol! You
63

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some seasons ago."

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elegant practice
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66

Dreadful for Young Oxford.
I'm at Oxford!" "Oxford! Rather a nice place, is it not?" Young Oxford. "Hum haw Pretty well, but then I can't get on without female society !" Lady. " Dear dear Pity you don't go to a girls' school, then

"Are you at Eton?" Young Oxford. "Aw, no!
Ladv. Lady.
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Did you Ever
Old Gentleman
obliged to you
if

?

(politely).

" Oh, Conductor

!

I

shall feel greatly

you would proceed, for I have an appointment in the Strand, and I am afraid I shall be too late." Here's an old Conductor 'slamming the door). "Go on, Jim
!

cove a cussin' and a swearin' like anythink

! ! !

76

The Test
Conductor.
young lady
in his lap
?

of Gallantry.
as for to take this

"Will any gent be so good

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Friendly, but very Unpleasant.

'

Hullo,

Lively Party {charging elderly gentleman with his umb?-ella). [Disgust of elderly party, whose name is Smith. Jones "
!

80

A
How

Great Mental Effort.
!

First Cock Sparrow. "What a miwackulous tie, Fwank the doose do you manage it ? Second Cock Sparrow. "Yas. I fancy it is rather grand; but then, you see, I g^ve the whole of my mind to it."

8l

Discernment.
Clever Child.
thing
1

" Oh do look here, mamma dear, such a funny Mr. Boker's got another forehead at the back of his head."
!

[BoKER

is delighted.

82

Life in London.
"Well, Aunt, and how did you like London ? I suppose you were very gay ? Aunt {who inclines to embonpoint). " Oh, yes, love, gay enough We went to the top o' the monument o' Monday and to the top o' St. Paul's o' Tuesday and to the top o' the Dook o' York's column
Isabella.
!

o'

Wednesday

— but

I

think altogether

I like

the quiet o' the country."

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Something
Pastrycook.
Boy.
"

like a Holiday.
sir
?

What

have you had,

"I've had two
those,

jellies,

seven of them, and eleven of them,
roll,

and

six of

cakes

— and

and four Bath buns, a sausage a bottle of ginger beer!"

ten

almond

91

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