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ID number:  BIRBI-44.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Leech, John (1817-1864)
Title / Object name:  Mr Briggs Contemplates a Day's Fishing
Object type:  Watercolour
Culture:  British
Date made:  1850s
Materials:  Pen, ink and watercolour over pencil on paper mounted on card
Measurements:  24.05 x 29.9 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. P. & D. Colnaghi, 1944, for £12

Mr Briggs stands on a table in a disordered room; his fishing line knocks objects from the mantel-piece. Mrs Briggs and their two children survey the disarray with varied expressions. A slightly different version of this scene was published in Punch, XIX, 1850, p. 226. Also see the related coloured etching in the Barber collection (No. 44.8).

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed lower left, J. Leech. Title inscribed in Leech’s hand, Inscribed below image: ‘Mr Briggs contemplating a day’s fishing, gets his tackle in order and tries the management of his running line.’

Notes:  A slightly different version, oblong, with three children instead of two, and other changes, was published in Punch, vol. XIX, 1850, p. 78, with the title Our Friend Briggs contemplates a Day's Fishing, and reprinted in Pictures of Life and Character by John Leech, First Series, p.30. A coloured lithograph of the sma esubject was published by Bradbury and Evans with the title Mr briggs contemplates a day's Fishing and practises with his running tackle! in the series entitled Mr Briggs and his Doings.

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Leech, John
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