Vanity Fair Portraits
British Caricatures, c. 1868-1917

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Mr. Eden Phillpotts, Gardener

Alick P.F. Ritchie
Mr. Eden Phillpotts

Lord Elcho MP

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Derby Day
[Lord Elcho MP]

Sir James Fergusson, Bart.

Leslie "Spy" Ward
A Postmaster General
[Sir James Fergusson, Bart.]

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Mr. Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Robert Trotter Hermon-Hodge

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Accrington
[Robert Trotter Hermon-Hodge]

Henry Arthur Jones

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Author-Manager
[Henry Arthur Jones]

Earl of March

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Goodwood
[Earl of March]

Sir Lewis McIver, Bart., MP.

Leslie "Spy" Ward
The Member for Scotland
[Sir Lewis McIver, Bart., MP]

William Hamo Thornycroft RA.

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Bronze Statuary
[William Hamo Thornycroft R.A.]

Marques of Bath

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Frome
[Marques of Bath]

Arthur Bourchier

Leslie "Spy" Ward
A.B. [Arthur Bourchier]

W. Fitzherbert

Leslie "Spy" Ward
Fitz
[W. Fitzherbert]

Viscount Curzon MP

Leslie "Spy" Ward
South Bucks[Viscount Curzon, MP
]

Marquis of Londonderry

The London School Board
[Marquis of Londonderry]

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Leslie "Spy" Ward (1851-1922), Alick P.F. Ritchie et al. (after)
Vanity Fair Portraits
London: c. 1868-1917
Chromolithographs
15 x 10 inches each (average size)
Prices Vary: $200 to $450 each

Vanity Fair, the premier British society periodical of the time, featured caricatures of prominent men and women of the day, such as businessmen, politicians, lawyers and sportsmen. These prints were published in Vanity Fair from the Victorian to Edwardian period, between 1868-1914. The portraits were rendered by leading artists including Sir Leslie Ward (1851-1922), known as "Spy" and Carlo Pelligrini, known as "Ape." The early 20th century Vanity Fair prints, by a variety of artists--including Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), English essayist, critic, and caricaturist--are generally less common, as circulation of the magazine had diminished from its Victorian heyday.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soiling, soft creases. Colors bright.