Artist: Ward, Leslie Matthew, aka SPY, 1851-1922
Lithograph March 29, 1900
Vanity Fair portrait, Men of the Day No. 777.
Printer: Vincent Brooks, Day & Son.
Location: North Academic Center, Cohen Library Archives & Special Collections
Gift of Dr. David Klein (Class of 1902; THHS and English Dept. Faculty 1905-1937)
Note: Weekly from 1868 to 1914, Vanity Fair caricatures both lampooned and praised eminent Victorian and Edwardian politicians, sportsmen, lawyers and other “Men of the Day.” Vanity Fair founder and editor, Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922), invited readers to recognize the vanities of human existence through the magazine’s prose and colored caricatures. The Vanity Fair caricatures have become widely know as “Spy” prints due to the 1325 caricatures drawn by Sir Leslie Matthew Ward, who was a fixture at Vanity Fair for over 40 years.
collection of City College of New York