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"Benevolence on the Bench" Vanity Fair caricature. Spy, c1896.

by Leslie Ward (Spy)

Legal caricature of the Honourable Sir Alfred Wills, Judges No. XLVI (46). "He is not a great Judge; but he is a good one. He looks the man that he is."

Original chromolithograph c1902 for Vanity Fair, a Men of the Day caricature by “Spy”, the pseudonym of Leslie Ward (1851-1922). Sir Leslie Ward was a prolific and popular caricaturist who was knighted in 1918. Leslie Ward was one of the major artists for Vanity  Fair magazine. The caricatures published in Vanity Fair were often responsible for the reputation of hapless individuals who were newsworthy.

Vanity Fair was a weekly magazine of social comment, published in London from 1868 to 1914. The inclusion of a lithographic caricature each week guaranteed the magazine’s popularity. Thomas Gibson Bowles, who established the periodical, considered the images to be “grim faces made more grim, grotesque figures made more grotesque, and dull people made duller by the genius of our talented collaborator ‘Ape’" (Carlo Pellegrini, 1839-1889). To accompanied each caricature Bowles composed text under the name Jehu Junior (after the biblical prophet who effected the downfall of his enemies).

Page size is approximately 35 x 23cm (13.75 x 9 inches). Colour-printed image size is 230 x 190mm (9 x 7.5 inches)

Stock Number: apVFLaw46Price: $198.00

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