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Vanity Fair Print 'Phil'

£ 125

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Reference
25543
Height
32 cm (12 1/2")
Width
19.5 cm (7 3/4")
Framed Height
44.5 cm (17 1/2")
Framed Width
31.5 cm (12 1/2")
Vanity Fair print 'Phil' after Spy.
A mounted chromolithograph print published 21st February, 1895, by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Ltd. Lith., for Vanity Fair. The picture is titled 'Phil' and is an original print of Phil May by Spy and in good condition but with slight marking. Phil is shown in his overcoat sat on a stool with a bowler hat, holding an empty glass and smoking a cigar.

Phil May (1864 – 1903) was an English caricaturist and became a regular member of the staff of Punch in 1896. Later his services were retained exclusively for Punch and The Graphic. In 1898 he was a founder member of the London Sketch Club.

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'.
Height
32 cm (12 1/2")
Width
19.5 cm (7 3/4")
Framed Height
44.5 cm (17 1/2")
Framed Width
31.5 cm (12 1/2")
Year
1895