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Early on, in response to a charge by The Daily News that Vanity Fair caricatures were devoid of humor, Thomas Gibson Bowles, founder, owner and editor until 1889, described the caricatures which appeared in his magazine; "There are grim faces made more grim, grotesque figures made more grotesque, and dull people made duller by the genius of our talented collaborator 'Ape'; but there is nothing that has been treated with a set purpose to make it something that it was not already originally in a lesser degree." To publish with these visual caricatures, Bowles also wrote the accompanying biographical commentaries under the pseudonym 'Jehu Junior.' Bowles' goal in writing these epigrams was to reflect in prose that which was presented graphically.
In addition to these enduring illustrations, Vanity Fair regularly included features such as 'Double Acrostics,' 'Doublets,' and 'Hard Cases,' all word games, as well as book and theatre reviews, financial advice columns, serialized fiction, travel reports, fictionalized exchanges of letters and special reports on the Season. Articles on such topics as political, economic and social news were standard, though as the magazine evolved, political reports were de-emphasized in favor of society news and gossip. Though often frivolous in its topics, consistency of quality in its literary reviews, and sound advice on investments in the financial columns, show that Vanity Fair was informative as well as amusing.
Each image (not including titles and margins) measures about 7 x 12" or slightly larger.
|AJM||Arthur H. Marks||Imp||Julius Mendes Price|
|Carlo Pellegrini||JTJ||Carlo Pellegrini|
|Atn||Alfred Thompson||LIB||Liberio Prosperi|
|Bulbo||Sir Max Beerbohm||Lyall||Lyall|
|CB||Cuthbert Bradley||M||James Jacques Tissot|
|Cecioni||Adriano Cecioni||Max||Sir Max Beerbohm|
|CG||Francis C. Gould||Montbard|
|Charles Auguste Loye|
|Coide||James Jacques Tissot||Nast||Thomas Nast|
|Delfico||Melchiorre Delfico||PAL||Jean de Paleologue|
|D'Epinay||Prosper Comte d'Epinay||Qviz|
|John Page Mellor|
|FCG||Sir Francis Carruthers Gould||Ruth||Sir Max Beerbohm|
|Flagg||James Montgomery Flagg||Sic||Walter Richard Sickert|
|G.D.G.||Godfrey Douglas Giles||Spy||Sir Leslie Ward|
|GO||F. Goedecker||T||Theobald Chartran|
|Guth||Jean Baptiste Guth||WAG||A.G. Witherby|
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