Collection: Vanity Fair

From 1868 until February 5, 1914, Vanity Fair, a weekly magazine of social, literary and political content, was published to the delight of Victorian and later, Edwardian England. Most popular of its features were the wonderful full page caricatures of famous men and women of the day, prints that remain Vanity Fair's great legacy. The two most famous artists who worked for Vanity Fair were "Ape" (Carlo Pellegrini) and "Spy" (Leslie Ward), but many other artists provided images for this long running series of delightful caricatures. 

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 under the pseudonym Jehu Junior; writing these epigrams to reflect in prose that which was presented graphically. 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.

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  • Spy. "Mr. Horace Hutchinson" [Horace G. Hutchinson]
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  • Spy [Leslie Ward] "Yorkshire Cricket" [Lord Hawke]
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  • Spy [Leslie Ward] "The Recorder" [Sir Forest Fulton, The Recorder of London]
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  • Spy [Leslie Ward] "A symphony" [James Abbot M'Neill Whistler]
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  • Vanity Fair "Natural Selection" [Charles R. Darwin]
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  • Spy (Leslie Ward) "Thrice Champion" H.L. Doherty
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