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Legal caricature, "La Reyne le veult." ("Queen's assent..")

by Carlo Pellegrini (Ape)

Legal Vanity Fair caricature, Sir John George Shaw-Lefevre, K.C.B. "It is he who attends the Sovereign to receive her decisions upon bills, and he it is who, standing with his back to Mr. Speaker, and turning his head with the condescension of reflected royalty, announces the time-honoured words, "La reyne le veult", or its denial by the formula "La reyne s'avisera".
Sir John happily possesses a bearing and presence most appropriate to the traditions that are embodied in these forms and his appearance in the House of Commons is always calculated to remind the members that they are living under a system which may seem to the vain to be laughable, but which from its antiquity and success must always be respectable." 

Original chromolithograph c1871 for Vanity Fair. Men of the Day No.27, legal caricature by “Ape” (Carlo Pellegrini, 1839-1889), the first and major artist 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). 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), he wrote witty text to accompany each caricature.

Fairly good condition. 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: apVF27Price: $187.00