More about: Vanity Fair
Category: Tennis and Racquet Sports
Subcategory: Paintings & Prints
Vanity Fair lawn tennis print 'Thrice Champion' after Spy.
A framed chromolithograph lawn tennis print published Sept. 1st 1904, by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Ltd. Lith., for Vanity Fair. The picture is titled 'Thrice Champion' and is an original print of Mr. H.L. Doherty, in good condition, after SPY.
Vanity Fair was published in London from 1869 to 1914, and each magazine would contain a loose print of a caricature painted by various artists. 'Spy' worked for Vanity Fair for 40 years until it ceased publication in 1914. 'Spy' was Sir Leslie Ward (1851 – 1922) and he was the grandson of the well-known horse-painter James Ward. Sir Leslie Ward is best known as an artist working in oil, water-colour and black-and-white, although he also studied architecture. 'Spy' achieved notoriety by his painting and cartoons of public figures in VF and his works all contain the signature 'SPY'. His works were also published in the supplements, the most well known being 'Men of the Day'.
Hugh Laurence 'Laurie' Doherty (1875 – 21 1919) was a former World No. 1 English tennis player and younger brother of Reginald Frank Doherty (1875 – 1919). He was a six-time slam champion and a double Olympic Gold medallist at the 1900 Summer Olympics in singles and doubles (also winning a Bronze in mixed doubles).
The Doherty brothers were English tennis players who dominated tennis from 1897 to 1906. They were the sons of William Doherty, a printer, and his wife, Catherine Ann Davis. Both were educated at Westminster School followed by Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Reginald played for the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club as did Laurie who also became President. In 1895 and 1896 Reginald was part of the Cambridge team that beat Oxford and won the Scottish and Essex championships. Laurie gained his blues in 1896, 1897, and 1898 and in 1892 won the Renshaw cup, the All-England Championships singles title for boys under 16. In addition to lawn tennis Laurie also played real tennis and golf.
The Doherty's were Wimbledon doubles winners in 1897, 98, 99, 1900, 1901, 03, 04 and 1905. Reginald Doherty was Wimbledon singles winner in 1897, 98, 99 and 1900 and Lawrence Doherty was Wimbledon singles winner in 1902, 03, 04, 05 and 1906. The Doherty's also won the U.S. doubles championships in 1902 and 1903, and Laurie was the first foreigner to win the U.S. singles, in 1903.
From 1902 to 1906 the two brothers were vital to British Davis Cup competition, during which time Laurie achieved the best record ever in Davis finals, going 7–0 in singles and 5–0 in doubles.