Reference numberVF
TitleVanity Fair cartoons
CreatorPellegrini, Carlo; Ward, Leslie; Chartran, Théobald;
Date1869 -1913
DescriptionCaricature portraits of eminent public figures published by Vanity Fair in conjunction with articles by "Jehu Junior" between 1869-1913. Many of the subjects are FRS.
Extent1 bound volume and 69 loose cartoons, some with accompanying text
Physical descriptionColoured lithographs on paper; some mounted on card; some accompanied by print-out of text from article
ArrangementVF/01-VF/39 arranged alphabetically by sitter surname
VF/40-VF/73 arranged alphabetically by sitter surname
VF/74+ arranged chronologically on accession date
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyVanity Fair was founded in 1868 by Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922) the magazine’s long-term editor and owner. It was not immediately successful and struggled with competition from rival publications. On 16 January 1869, Bowles promised his readers ‘Some Pictorial Wares of an entirely novel character’ and two weeks later appeared a full-page caricature of Benjamin Disraeli by Carlo Pellegrini. It was reproduced by Vincent Brooks - an expensive and highly regarded lithographer - and was the first of over 2,300 caricatures to be published by Vanity Fair.
Provenance18 were originally bound together in a volume including photographs and signatures of the individuals; this volume is inscribed "C S Sherrington 1927" and was donated to the Society by Sir Charles Scott Sherrington; 21 loose cartoons bought from Patrick Pollock Antiquarian and Rare Books in September 1999; 1 donated by Robert Fox; 33 donated by Martin Jarrit
Related materialSykes, Alan H 'The Doctors in Vanity Fair' 1995, Titus Wilson and Son Kendal
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