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Legal Vanity Fair lithograph "Long Lawrance" by Spy (Leslie Ward) c1897

by Vanity Fair

Caricature of The Honourable Sir John Compton Lawrance.

Original chromolithograph c1897 for Vanity Fair from caricature by “Spy”, the pseudonym of Leslie Ward (1851-1922). Sir Leslie Ward was a prolific and popular caricaturist who was knighted in 1918. He was one of the major artists for Vanity Fair magazine whose caricatures 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) who was the first artist employed by him. Bowles provided most of the magazine text, under different pseudonyms. The text that accompanied each caricature he wrote as 'Jehu Junior' (after the biblical prophet who effected the downfall of his enemies).

Page size is approximately 355 x 235mm (13.75 x 9.25 inches). Colour-printed image size is 230 x 190mm (9 x 7.5 inches).

Stock Number: apVF.law48CPrice: $180.00