London: Vanity Fair, 1874.
Color lithograph. Sheet measures 15 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches.
This supplement to Vanity Fair titled "the philanthropist", features Herbert Praed wearing roller skates. Mr. Praed was a conservative MP.
The original artist was Carlo Pellegrini, otherwise known as "Ape" who was an Italian cartoonist based in London. The print is in good condition with very minor foxing in upper margin.
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: Ape (Carlo Pellegrini)