Reference numberVF/62
TitlePortrait of John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton, by Sir Leslie Ward
ArtistWard, Leslie ['Spy']
Vincent Brooks, Day & Son
Date4th October 1900
DescriptionVanity Fair cartoon titled 'Patents'' featuring John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton. Full length, left profile. Number 793 of the 'Men of the Day' series.
InscriptionContentRecto inscription: 'VANITY FAIR Octr. 4th 1900/ Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Ltd. lith/ "Patents"'
CaptionMen of the Day No. 793.
Mr John Fletcher Moulton, QC, FRS.
A Wesleyan Minister became his father at Madeley six-and-fifty years ago; and froma Bath school he went to st. John's, Cambridge: where his acquired tastes (assisted by Dr. Routh) improved him into Senior Wrangler, First Smith Prizeman, and a Fellow and Lecturer at Christ's. As Cambridge did not keep him bust enough he also became a London Gold Medallist and Master of Arts. At thirty he got called to the Bar; and did so well that eleven more years got him within it. He is a Fellow of several Socities, a Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur, and a Liberal who has sat for Clapham, for Hackney, and for that Launceston Division of Cornwall for which he is now candidate. He is an able fellow whose word on a patent is practically law: consequently his word on a patent is in great request, and for it he receives big fees. His practice brings him in much gain; and, though he is a wicked Liberal, he considers himslef an Advanced Thinker. He knows all about the discharge of electricity through rarefied gases, and he is generally quite scientific as well as a legal person.
He is a rare example of the mathematical mind triumphant.
Physical descriptionColoured lithograph on paper
Dimensions380mm x 263mm
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceDonated to the Royal Society by Professor Robert Fox
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