John Rudd Leeson MD JP.Charter Mayor. Presented to The York House Society by the Artist.
Twickenham Sept. 1926.
Drypoint etching on cream wove paper, private plate?, 285 x 210mm. 11¼ x 8¼". A fine impression with full, untrimmed margins.
Portrait of physician Dr John Rudd Leeson MRCS, MB, JP (1854 - 1927). He served as an Urban District Councillor in Twickenham, southwest of London, from 1909 until 1919. In 1912, as Chairman of the Council he gave a banquet towards acquiring a municipal charter for Twickenham. and applied to the College of Arms for approval for a coat-of-arms for the place. This was granted and he supplied the motto: Looking Backward Looking Forward, a translation of the Latin respiciens prospiciens. His final achievement was to obtain, in 1926, a Charter of Incorporation for Twickenham, and, in 1927, he was elected Charter Mayor. Scholarly interest in astronomy, pond life and microscopy led to his election as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (1911), the Royal Microscopical, Geological, and Linnean Societies. He was a Life Member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Royal Institution. During World War 1 he was a somewhat elderly Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The York House Society is Twickenham's oldest amenity society. It was formed in 1922, dedicated to saving 17th century York House from demolition. The Grade II listed building is now the headquarters of London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
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