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John Leech: His Life and Work (Volumes 1 and 2 of 2) William Powell Frith

John Leech: His Life and Work (Volumes 1 and 2 of 2)

William Powell Frith

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John Leech: His Life and Work by William Powell Frith, R.A.- with Portrait and Numerous IllustrationsIn Two Volumes- Volumes 1 and 21891CONTENTSDedicationVolume 1.PrefacePrologue.Ch1. Early Days.Ch2. Early Work.Ch3. Mr. Percival Leigh and Leech.Ch4.MoreJohn Leech: His Life and Work by William Powell Frith, R.A.- with Portrait and Numerous IllustrationsIn Two Volumes- Volumes 1 and 21891CONTENTSDedicationVolume 1.PrefacePrologue.Ch1. Early Days.Ch2. Early Work.Ch3. Mr. Percival Leigh and Leech.Ch4. Meeting of Mulready and Leech.Ch5. “The Physiology of Evening Parties,” By Albert Smith.Ch6. John Leech and the Eton Boy.Ch7. Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour.Ch8. “The Marchioness of Brinvilliers,” By Albert Smith.Ch9. “The Marchioness of Brinvilliers” (Continued).Ch10. “A Man Made of Money.”--Douglas Jerrold.Ch11. Albert Smith and Leech.Ch12. Mr. Adams and Leech.Ch13. “Comic Grammar” and “Comic History.”Volume 2.Ch1. “Punch.”Ch2. Cartoons.Ch3. The Lawyer’s Story.Ch4. Love of Field Sports.Ch5. Inventors and Illustrators.Ch6. “Ingoldsby Legends.”Ch7. Dickens and Thackeray on Leech.Ch8. Dean Hole.Ch9. Types.Ch10. Leech and His Predecessors.Ch11. Kenny Meadows.Ch12. “Comic History of Rome.”Ch13. Personal Anecdotes.Ch14. Personal Anecdotes (Continued).Ch15. Sporting Novels.Ch16. The “Bon Gaultier Ballads.”Ch17. Sporting Novels (Continued).Ch18. Michael Halliday and Leech.Ch19. Thomas Hood and Leech.Ch20. Dr. John Brown and Leech.Ch21. Autograph-Hunters and Others.Ch22. Artists’ Lives.Ch23. Leech Exhibition.Ch24. Millais and Leech.Ch25. Mr. H. O. Nethercote and John Leech.‘Leech’ (spelt ‘leich’) is an old Saxon word for ‘surgeon,’” writes a friend to me. “Hence, as you know, the employment of the word ‘leech’ as a term applied in former times to doctors.”Though Leech is not a common name, I have met with several bearers of it under every variety of spelling that the word was capable of--Leech, Lietch, Leich, Leeche, Leitch, etc. Only two of the owners of these names became known to fame--John, of immortal memory, and, longo intervallo, William Leitch, a Scottish artist, and landscape-painter of considerable merit, whose pictures, generally of a classic character, found favour amongst a certain class of buyers. A large subject of much beauty was engraved, and, I think, formed the prize-engraving for the year for the Art Union of London. I have no doubt William Leitch was frequently asked if he were related to John. The sound of the names was similar, and few inquirers knew of the difference in the spelling. Whether William was asked the question or not I cannot speak to with certainty- but that John was I am sure, because he told me so himself, and, as well as I can recall them, in the following words:”I was asked the other day if I were related to a man of the same name--a Scotchman--a landscape-painter. He spells his name L-e-i-t-c-h, you know. I said, ‘No- the Scotch gentleman’s name is spelt in the Scotch way, with the ‘itch in it.’ Not bad, eh? I hope nobody will tell him!”I met William Leitch several times (he died long ago), and was always charmed by his refined and gentle manner- but we never became intimate, so I cannot say I had the following anecdote from himself- but it was told me by an intimate friend of the artist, who assured me that he had it from Leitch direct.Leitch had a considerable practice as a drawing-master, chiefly amongst the higher classes.