antique prints, maps and watercolors

Vanity Fair. (Crew) Charles Murray Pitman. London, 1891. $195.00

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The accompanying text describes this young man, Oliver Arthur Villiers Russessl, the second Baron Ampthill who rowed for Oxford Univeristy Boat Club as "a very tall, very agreedable, and good-lookingi young ma, with a long, strong bakc, which is worth much in a boat...He has many friends who call him 'Dick'."

Vanity Fair was a popular weekly magazine of social, literary and political content that was published in London between 1868 and 1914. It contained articles on political, economic and social topics though as time passed political reports were de-emphasized in favor of society news and gossip. The full page color caricatures of famous men and women of the day were popular at the time and continue to be so today.  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. This image was created by Spy.

16 x 10 ½ inches, sheet.
Excellent condition.