I found these antique British Vanity Fair caricatures in a pile of amazing newspapers and prints at a tag sale last year. As I was trying to search through the large heavy pile of miscellaneous papers, I remember Austin telling me to just see what they would price the whole pile at. I did and I paid $3.00 for the stack of papers. I was glad I asked because it was much more enjoyable to slowly flip though them at home instead of at a crowded tag sale!
I know little about these pictures but had seen ones like them at a local British themed restaurant. Vanity Fair started in 1868 and published a weekly magazine until 1914. It is famous for these often unflattering but totally amazing caricatures of prominent public figures of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Thanks to Wikipedia I was able to easily find out some facts about each individual pictured.
First up is the Jan. 8, 1870 caricature, “Judges No. 3, ‘The majesty of the law’.”
The July 9, 1870 issue is “Statesmen No. 54, ‘Simple and unassuming himself, yet magnificent and generous toward his fellow men, he is the very Prince of Dukes’.”
This next one is my favorite. He is so cute! Dated Aug. 23 1873, “Statesmen, No. 152, ’The Commodore’.”
Jan. 25, 1873 issue is of “Statesmen No. 137, ‘The Governing Classes’.”
This last one is Aug. 27, 1870, “Statesmen No. 61, ‘A superannuated diplomat’.”
My plan is to get these matted, framed and hung in my husbands office.