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"York" legal caricature from Vanity Fair. Leslie Ward c1887.


by Leslie Ward (Spy)

Vanity Fair caricature of Mr Frank Lockwood.

Original chromolithograph c1887 for Vanity Fair, Statesmen 526 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).

Page size varied slightly between Vanity Fair caricatures. Some lithographs also have slight foxing (in this instance, at the base below the image). This page is approximately 265 x 230mm (15.1/4 x 10.3/8 inches). Colour-printed image size is 230 x 190mm (12.3/8 x 7.1/2 inches)

Stock Number: apVF526Price: $220.00