Cornhill Magazine,  10 (1864), 743–60.

John Leech

[Eneas S Dallas]




Education, Medical Practitioners, Lecturing

    Relates how, after leaving school, the late comic artist John Leech was 'bent on entering a profession which was indicated to him by his surname' and began to 'study medicine; but these were days when even the best medical education which London could afford was not of a very high order, and when it was more common than it is now to train the young student by an apprenticeship to some general practitioner—in short, by a system of fagging' (744). The young Leech first began to show his talent for drawing while 'attending the anatomical lectures of Mr. Stanley', and 'his fellow-students in St Bartholomew's Hospital still remember how he amused them with his sketches' (745).

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