“Artist and R.A.” William Quiller Orchardson, RA. Spy. From Vanity Fair March 24, 1898. Light stains in margins.
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.