John Leech Cartoons

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Born on August 29, 1817 in London, England, John Leech became a well-known British caricaturist. His best known work came from Punch Magazine in 1841 and created over three thousand caricatures. He focused on an array of issues: social reform, anti-Americanism, the Crimean War, and much more. Leech collaborated with Sir John Tenniel and created John Bull, the American equivalent of Uncle Sam. Leech passed away on October 29, 1864 in London, England. These cartoons are view-able at the University Archives on the 3rd floor of Rice Library.