Vanity Fair Cartoon Supplement "Andrew Bonar Law" Prime Minister Spy 1905
Subject: Andrew Bonar Law
Artist: Spy, 1905
Medium: Chromolithograph print
Size: Approx. 15.5 x 10.5"
Condition: Print is in good condition. Looks like it may have been framed in the past, came out of a local estate. Has some wear to the edges and sides from storage. Also has some discoloration and tape on the back. See pictures for condition. Great addition to any collection!
Leslie Ward ('Spy')1851-1922, cartoonist, was born November 21, 1851, in Harewood Square, London. As the son of artists Edward Matthew Ward and Henrietta Mary Ada Ward, Ward's artistic talent was fostered from an early age. After being educated at Eton, Ward who originally trained as an architect subsequently trained under Sidney Smirke and W.P. Frith. He joined the Royal Academy Schools in 1871, during which time Sir John Everett Millais, struck by Ward's caricatures, introduced him to Thomas Gibson Bowles, the editor of Vanity Fair. Bowles recruited Ward in 1873 to replace Carlo Pellegrini (Ape). Ward contributed regularly to Vanity Fair over the next forty years under the pseudonym 'Spy'. He produced over 2,387 caricatures of well-known people including those in government, finance and education many of which were lithographed by Vincent Brooks. Ward authored a book of recollections in 1915, Forty Years of 'Spy'. He was knighted in 1918 and died on May 15, 1922 in London.