Historical artwork display to shed light on works of Dickens illustrator John Leech

A volume containing newly-discovered drawings by caricaturist and illustrator John Leech is on display at the University of Leicester’s Special Collections in the University Library until 31 July.

This volume sheds light on the early life and work of the artist, known for his contributions to Punch and classic Charles Dickens novels including A Christmas Carol.

The images in the exhibition provide examples of Leech’s earlier works, as well as images from his later career.

Dr Simon Dixon from  Special Collections said: “The discovery of these previously unknown sketches by John Leech is down to some superb detective work by Margaret Maclean from the University Library’s Archives and Special Collections team. The drawings add to our knowledge of Leech’s early years and they are great fun to see.”

The display will be running until 31 July 2017 in the David Wilson Library, University of Leicester.

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