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.