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Drawing - A Brilliant Idea
  • A Brilliant Idea
    John Leech, born 1817 - died 1864
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A Brilliant Idea

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Leech, born 1817 - died 1864 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil over pencil on canvas

  • Museum number:

    E.1839-1946

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 148, box A(11)

Physical description

Oil on canvas over pencil drawing of a scene in a London street. In the foreground, a boy stands beside two girls sitting in a go-cart. In the background, a girl reaches for the door-knocker of a house with a To-Let sign. After a design for a wood-engraving of the same title in Punch's Almanac, 1855. Signed in ink by the artist and inscribed with the caption 'A Brilliant Idea - Matilda "Oh, look ye here Tommy! s'pose we play at your being the big footman, and me and Lizzerbuth'll be the fine ladies in the Carridge!'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1862 (made)

Artist/maker

John Leech, born 1817 - died 1864 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil over pencil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink with the caption 'A Brilliant Idea - Matilda "Oh, look ye here Tommy! s'pose we play at your being the big footman, and me and Lizzerbuth'll be the fine ladies in the Carridge!"'.

Signed in ink 'John Leech'.

Dimensions

Height: 15 in, Width: 12.75 in

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas over pencil drawing of a scene in a London street depicting a boy and two girls in a go-cart in front of a house with a To-Let sign. After a design for a wood-engraving of the same title in Punch's Almanac, 1855. Great Britain, 1862.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1946. London: Published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, 1949.

Materials

Canvas; Oil paint; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

House; Cart; Door; Girls; Boy; Game

Categories

Children & Childhood; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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