The Royal Rising GenerationArtist:
, British, 1817 - 1864
Material and Medium: pencil on paper
Dimensions: Support: 220 x 164mm
Accession Number: CGSG00684
Leech made this drawing for 'Punch' and it features in his comic series, 'The Rising Generation.' In this series Leech caricatured children who tried to act as adults, generally showing them copying adult extravagances and their more laughable behaviour.
In this cartoon though, Edward, Prince of Wales, is riding his rocking horse and asking the government (represented by the Lion) for Marlborough House to live in. Leech was actually commenting on historical fact. Queen Victoria gave Marlborough House, a mansion on Pall Mall, to her eldest son when he was 9, although it would not become his home until he was 18 years old.
Ruskin greatly admired Leech's work, placing around 100 drawings in the collection. He felt that Leech was an 'absolute master of the elements of character’, adding that his drawings gave 'the finest definition and natural history of the classes of our society, the kindest and subtlest analysis of its foibles, [and] the tenderest flattery of its pretty and well-bred ways.'