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Hercules' returning from a Fancy Ball. An etching by John Leech for 'Bentley's Miscellany'. Leech (1817-1864) was originally a medical student, but turned to full-time illustrating when his teachers noted his skill at anatomical drawings and began commissioning him to do portraits. Leech is best known for his contribution to Punch Magazine which published over 3000 of his drawings and 600 cartoons. He collaborated with Dickens on A Christmas Carol and other works. This caricature shows an unidentified partygoer returning in the early hours to his house dressed skimpily as Hercules, complete with club - and open umbrella - and forming the centre of attraction for a group of street urchins who jeer and point.
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