Children of the Mobility [8 plates]
London, Published by Richard Bentley, New Burlington St., February 1, 1841.
Eight lithographs with hand-colouring, each sheet approx 315 x 245mm (12¼ x 9½"). Soiling to first plate; all laid on backing sheets.
Early set of prints by John Leech, illustrating the satire by his friend Percival Leigh, which upon publication was so popular that Leigh and Leech were recruited to work on 'Punch' when it was formed a few months later. Leech pointedly illustrating the disparity between lower and upper class, the 'nobility and the mobility' as he called them. Leech forcefully rendered the effects of poverty through the feelings of children at work and play.
A preparatory drawing for plate 1 is in the British Museum (1893,0612.4).
[Ref: 32273] £850.00