Leonard Marchant was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, where he later taught etching for 20 years. He specialised in mezzotint and his works were included in over 100 exhibitions during his lifetime.
The painter and printmaker came to England in 1950. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art and at the Central School. His teachers included Merlyn Evans, Keith Vaughan and William roberts. He taught etching himself at the Central School. He is particularly known for his work on mezzotints. He won the Stet Prize in 1970 at the Biennale in Florence and in 1986 the Christie’s Contemporary Prize in London.