Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Leech, John

(1817-1864) UK cartoonist and illustrator, a pupil of George Cruikshank, working with him for Bentley's Magazine, for which he illustrated Richard Harris Barham's The Ingoldsby Legends from 1837. Soon after the founding of Punch in 1841, he became that magazine's most prominent illustrator. His "Mr Briggs" – who appears in Mr Briggs and his Doings (graph 1860) – is a Pickwickian character whose exaggerated adventures are gently spoofed in JL's slightly awkward but entirely accessible manner. Texts illustrated include the first volume of Barham's Ingoldsby Legends (coll 1840), Jack the Giant Killer (1843) by Leigh Percival (1813-1889), most famously Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1843), and Nursery Ditties from the Lips of Mrs Lullaby (coll 1844 chap). [JC]

John Leech


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.