Conjugal felicity and frogs' duel
John Leech (1817 - 1864)
Width: 27.4 cm; Height: 22 cm;
Inscription, 14 [or 4]
Inscription, John Leech
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)
Inscription, Conjugal felicity.
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
John Leech was one of the foremost illustrators for the satirical magazine 'Punch'. This caricature which shows a family of frogs, the parents embracing while blissfully unaware of their duelling offspring, epitomizes his style of bourgeois domestic humour. Leech's view of animals was influenced by Isidore Grandville's 'Public and Private Life of Animals' (1842), and also by the signeries of Thomas Landseer, the brother of Edwin.
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