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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
I say Charley, that's a jeuced fine Gurl
Date Made/Found: 1846
Artist: John Leech , British, 1817 - 1864
Material and Medium: pencil on paper
Dimensions: Support: 250 x 194mm Mount: 419 x 295mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00685
This is a preliminary drawing for one of Leech’s cartoons, which he carried out for publishing in Punch. The finished cartoon appeared in Punch in 1846 and was part of his comic series, ’The Rising Generation.’ In this series Leech caricatured children who tried to act like adults. In general he shows the children copying adult extravagances or more laughable behaviour, although the writer Charles Dickens commented on the pathos of these cartoons too Ruskin greatly admired Leech’s work, writing that he was an ‘absolute master of the elements of character.’ He added that Leech’s 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.’ He saw therefore that while Leech’s drawings might be grotesque or ugly he was truthful and observant, qualities that Ruskin celebrated in all artists.
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