John Leech

British, b.1817, d.1864

The Picnic (Scattergood Family)

  • c. 1844
  • Pencil
  • Sir Leonard Woolley bequest, Oct 18, 1961. Presented by the National Art Collections Fund, London
  • 170 x 134mm
  • 69/519

A picnic is interrupted by a practical joke featuring scuttling crabs. London illustrator and caricaturist John Leech was a regular contributor to Punch magazine and made this comical drawing not long after illustrating Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, published in 1843. The sketch became an illustration in Albert Smith’s ‘The Fortunes of the Scattergood Family’ in 1845.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

A pencil sketch for the illustration that appeared opposite page 46 of volume two of 'The Fortunes of the Scattergood Family' by Albert Smith (1816-1860) published by Richard Bentley in 1845.

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