John Leech was a prolific and successful English caricaturist, cartoonist and illustrator of the mid-19th century. He was educated at Charterhouse, then studied medicine, but eventually turned to a career in art. Since 1841 he contributed hundreds of sketches of middle-class life and political cartoons to Punch magazine, as well as to the Illustrated London News (1856) and Once a Week (1859-1862). For 23 years he produced over 3,000 drawings and 600 cartoons for Punch. He was the creator of 'Mr Briggs', one of the first recurring characters in comics. Leech also illustrated several books, including "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.