London: Vanity Fair, 1898.
Color lithograph. Sheet measures 15 x 21.25."
This satirical caricature from the December 1, 1898 issued of Vanity Fair was originally drawn by artist Henry Furniss. It features a political cartoon depicting the British politicians and statesmen - Arthur James Balfour, Joseph Chamberlain, Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, and Leonard Henry Courtney, along with Chief Inspector Horsley, all examining the marble bust of the English military leader Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Each character is labeled in the margin below along with a the title of the print, "The Lord Protect Us!". The print is in good condition with minor wear along the original folds and some foxing.
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. Their images, often accompanied 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.
Illustrator: Henry Furniss