London: Vanity Fair, 1903.
Color lithograph. Image measures 14.5 x 8". Sheet measures 15 x 10.25." Accompanying text page with same dimensions.
This likeness of Samuel Mure Fergusson was originally done in watercolor and ink by Sir Leslie Ward, otherwise known as "Spy," who was a British cartoonist celebrated for his satiric portraits. Fergusson was a Scottish amateur golfer who settled in England, and he won acclaim in both places for his sharp game. Here, he wears a plaid suit reminiscent of his heritage, holds a ball in his gloved hand, and leans on his club like a cane. The print is in very good condition with some chips along top edge.
The British Vanity Fair (1868--1914), a compendium and often critique of Victorian culture, is best known today for its lithographed caricatures of contemporary figures and issues. Its portrait series pictured and described--with both praise and caricature--prominent Victorian and Edwardian politicians, lawyers, doctors, and similar professionals. These images, as well as other series of portraits, accompanies literary and political articles, cultural reviews, serialized fiction, and other standard weekly magazine features. As the publication grew, it turned increasingly toward gossip as a topic, as reflected in the long-running series of portraits.