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Chitty's Leader, Sir Edmund Widdrington Byrne, QC, MP

Chitty's Leader, Sir Edmund Widdrington Byrne, QC, MP

by Leslie Ward (Spy)

Legal Vanity Fair caricature, Mr. Edmund Widdrington Byrne, Q.C., M.P. "He has a legal face, and a fine practice; and he will some day be a Judge." "As a silk he took his seat (and the lead) before Mr. Justice Chitty;" "He is a good-tempered, rather refined man who has a very pleasing voice and quite agreeable manners."

Original chromolithograph c1896 for Vanity Fair. Statesmen. No. DCLXIV. legal caricature by “Spy” (Leslie Ward, 1851-1922), one of the major artists for Vanity Fair magazine. Sir Leslie Ward was a prolific and popular caricaturist who was knighted in 1918. 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). Bowles was also editor and contributed most of the journalism for the eight to ten page magazine, using different nom de plumes for the different sections he wrote. He was a keen observer of human frailty and under the nom de plume of Jehu Junior (after the biblical prophet who effected the downfall of his enemies) Bowles wrote witty text to accompany each caricature.

Good condition except for the expected minor age soiling around the page extremities. The page is approximately 390 x 255mm (15.1/4 x 10 inches). Image size is 320 x 200mm (12.1/2 x 8 inches). 

Stock Number: apVF664Price: $198.00