Vanity Fair Hiram Maxim


“Into the Clouds.” Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim. Spy. From Vanity Fair December 15, 1904.


From 1868 until February 5, 1914, Vanity Fair, a weekly magazine of social, literary and political wp-content, was published to the delight of Victorian and later, Edwardian England. Most popular of its features were the wonderful full page caricatures of famous men and women of the day, prints that remain Vanity Fair’s great legacy. The two most famous artists who worked for Vanity Fair were “Ape” (Carlo Pellegrini) and “Spy” (Leslie Ward), but many other artists provided images for this long running series of delightful caricatures.

A delightful Vanity Fair print of Hiram Maxim. Maxim was an inventor and engineer who designed one of the first true automatic machine guns, aptly named the Maxim gun. Maxim believed his weapon was so powerful that politicians would realize the folly of war and seek peace. To his shock, the Maxim Gun was not only used, but was responsible for huge casualties in battle for decades to come.