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Legal caricature. Man of Law and Broad Acres.

Legal caricature. Man of Law and Broad Acres.


by Leslie Ward (Spy)

Mr. Justice Sir Reginald More Bray Vanity Fair print from the 'Spy' caricature originally published in 1906. Spy was the pseudonym of prolific and popular caricaturist, Sir Leslie Ward (1851-1922) (knighted in 1918).

(A descendant of Henry VIII's chancellor, Sir Thomas More), in his time Sir Reginald Bray (1842-1923) was the leading junior at the Bar, and the amount of work he did was prodigious. He is one of the three best lawyers at the Bench. In his spacious chambers at Crown Office Row he had a meagre library; just the Law Reports anf two text-books - Mayne on Damages and Bullen and Leake on Pleadings. But he had a marvellous memory, and his acquaintance with case-law was both "extensive and peculiar". And he is today one of the very few judges who are really liked by the Bar, for he has a pleasant manner, the great gift of judicial restraint, and an unerring instinct for sound law.

In 1868 Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922) founded Vanity Fair magazine with eight to ten pages each issue. Writing most of the regular editorial under various pseudonyms, Bowles's indiscriminate provocative and disarmingly fearless attitude gained a wide audience - and was beneficial to him during his later political career. Vanity Fair became immensely popular from 1869 on, after inclusion each week of one amusing lithographed caricature, parodying any newsworthy personage. While it became a point of pride with some to be the victim of one of the magazine's caricaturists, the caricatures were often responsible for the reputation of these hapless individuals. The most important artists were Carlo Pellegrini, Leslie Ward, James Tissot and Alfred Thompson.

Page size 330 x 225mm (12 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches). Image size 235 x 150mm (9 1/4 x 6 inches).

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