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Queensland Governor, Lord Normanby. Vanity Fair c1871.

Queensland Governor, Lord Normanby. Vanity Fair c1871.

by Carlo Pellegrini (Ape)

Vanity Fair caricature, Statesman. No 83. The Marquis of Normanby, appointed Governor to "that vigorous young colony of Queensland". Lithograph c1871.

Vanity Fair lithograph by Carlo Pellegrini (Ape): "By birth a man, by inheritance a Marquis and a Governor by his Sovereign's favour, he fills all his positions with credit." The accompanying text continues "...He has, therefore, every prospect of successfully ruling that distant dependency in a manner that shall develope its own strength, bind it by stronger ties to the Home country, and thus knit together more firmly the component parts of the great British Empire."

Vanity Fair was a weekly magazine of social comment, published in London from 1868 to 1914. With eight to ten pages each issue, Vanity Fair magazine's popularity was guaranteed with the inclusion of an amusing caricature, lithographed from a watercolour, parodying any newsworthy personage. Over the years of publication it became a mark of honour to be the 'victim' of one of the magazine's caricaturists. The publisher accompanied each with a witty text, written under his nickname of 'Jehu Junior' (after the biblical prophet who effected the downfall of his enemies). He considered the caricatures made grim faces more grim, grotesque figures more grotesque, and dull people duller by the genius of ‘Ape’" (Carlo Pellegrini, 1839-1889). It was the first time lithography had been used for caricatures. They were printed by eminent lithographer, Vincent Brooks (1814-1885).

Page size 355 x 230 (14 x 9 inches). In good condition.

Stock Number: apVF83Price: $145.00