|Love this little guy!|
you have probably seen these characters
framed and hanging in homes
or in antique shops
through the years, haven't you?
I remember someone once telling me
that they were from Vanity Fair magazine
but that's all I really knew about them.
Have had a few clients
through the years who owned
framed prints of one or more of them.
Do you own any of them?
There are so many interesting images ---
|Leslie Ward -- Sir Leslie Matthew Ward 1851-1922|
Meet Leslie Ward.
Mr. Ward was a British portrait artist and caricaturist
who painted 1.325 portraits in a forty year period
that were regularly published in
under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl."
His portraits were created as watercolours
which were turned into chromoliths
for the magazine and later printed
on better paper and sold as prints.
In the beginning he painted his subjects with
exaggerations of features capturing their personality.
But as the years passed and
he became a member of Society himself,
his art became less caricaturistic
and more "characteristic" he admitted
in an interview
reflecting back on his career.
he believed that caricaturists are born
not made and he painted most of his
subjects by memory.
I was only able to find two female portraits
among hundreds and hundreds of men.
I am sure the women were less forgiving
and a tougher crowd to please!
Would love to have a set of jockeys
framed on a wall somewhere.
Did you know about
these Spy cartoons
before reading this?