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"Fairford Abbey " - Artist Edwin Abbey R.A.

Vanity Fair caricature of artist Edwin Abbey R.A.
 

Men of the Day No. 733 . Mr. Edwin Austin Abbey by Spy
Born in Philadelphia, lived in England for over 20 years. Trained at Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, first exhibited atthe RA in 1878. Lived at Fairford in Gloucestershire. Made his own cricket ground, president of the Artists Cricket Club, hobbies cricket and cycling.

(a copy of the biography will be supplied with this print)

Condition: Good, a scarce proof copy, printed before the addition of the title caption.

Title: 'Fairford Abbey'
Medium: Chromolithograph dated 29th December 1896 Image Size: 370 x 210mm, 14.5 x 8.25 "
Order No. 7338 Price: £35.00 Paper Size: 385 x 250mm, 15 x 10 "
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Leslie Ward 'Spy' 1851-1922

Cartoonist, 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.

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Spy Print - "Fairford Abbey " - Edwin Austin Abbey R.A - Vanity Fair dated 1896.

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