London: Vanity Fair, 1888.
Color lithograph. Folded as issued. Sheet measures 15" x 21"
This lovely double page chromolithograph was published in the December 8, 1888 issue of Vanity Fair. The print shows a horse race, and features 8 jockeys, from left to right - J. Osborne, Tom Cannon, J. Watts, E. Wess, F. Barrett, G. Barrett, W. Robinson, F. Rickaby. In the background, Judge Clark and Sir John Astley Bart observe.
The print is in good condition. Accompanying text sheet included.
Liborio Prosperi (1854-1928), often attributed as 'Lib.', was an Italian artist who produced dozens of caricatures for Vanity Fair between 1885 and 1903, many related to horse racing.
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: Liborio Prosperi