John McLenan

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John McLenan
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McLenan by Sol Eytinge Jr.
Died1865 (aged 3738)
Nationality American
Known for A Tale of Two Cities (illustrations)
Great Expectations (illustrations)
Style Illustration, caricature

John McLenan (1827–1865) was an American illustrator and caricaturist. Active from 1852 to 1865, his works include illustrations of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations for Harper's Weekly (1859 - 1861) and illustrations for two Wilkie Collins novels. [1] Author Sinclair Hamilton wrote of McLenan

Discovered by DeWitt C. Hitchcock working in a pork-packing establishment in Cincinnati and making drawings on the tops of barrels, McLenan became one of the most prolific of our [i. e., America's] early illustrators. . . . . He was also well known as a comic draftsman. His work will bear comparison with the best of his time. [2]
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Some of his cartoons make use of the text comics format, making him a pioneer in comics. [3]

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  1. Philip V. Allingham,, John McLenan (1827-1865): "His work will bear comparison with the best of his time", undated, accessed 4 November 2012.
  2. Hamilton, Sinclair; "Foreword," Frank Weitenkampf. Early American Book and Wood Engravers 1670-1870. Vol. 1, Main Catalogue. Princeton, NJ: Princeton U. P., 1968, p180, quoted by Philip V. Allingham,, John McLenan (1827-1865): "His work will bear comparison with the best of his time", undated, accessed 4 November 2012.
  3. "John McLenan".