• A mounted chromolithograph print published Dec. 15th, 1877, by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Ltd. Lith., for Vanity Fair. • The picture is titled 'Alleno' and is an original print mounted and professionally framed. • When first published in the weekly additions of Vanity Fair each caricature would come with an amusing biography, the original biography from the magazine is attached to the back of the frame.
Vanity Fair was published in London from 1869 to 1914, and each magazine would contain a loose print of a caricature painted by various artists. 'Spy' worked for Vanity Fair for 40 years until it ceased publication in 1914. 'Spy' was Sir Leslie Ward (1851 – 1922) and he was the grandson of the well-known horse-painter James Ward. Sir Leslie Ward is best known as an artist working in oil, water-color, and black-and-white, although he also studied architecture. 'Spy' achieved notoriety by his painting and cartoons of public figures in VF and his works all contain the signature 'SPY'. His works were also published in the supplements, the most well-known being 'Men of the Day'.
Condition: Wear consistent with age and use - frame has minor scratches, minor staining on matting and print (see photo)