November 2, 2011

Vanity Fair caricatures

Dinner at British India restaurant in Adelaide over the weekend sparked a flash of inspiration. (If you haven't been to British India yet, it's a must see for the interior design). The restaurant had a gallery wall of antique Vanity Fair caricatures that struck me as the perfect whimsical touch for our new study.

William Ewert Gladstone

Arthur Orton

Published by Vanity Fair magazine between 1868 and 1914, these caricatures targeted the pre-eminent characters of the period. Politicians, scientists, poets and sportsmen were lampooned to the delight of Victorian and Edwardian England.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Robert Browning

The cartoons are often referred to as 'Spy' prints, based on the pen name of the primary artist, Leslie Ward.

Charles Darwin

Benjamin Disraeli

The caricatures remain highly collectible, with professional dealers charging hundreds for original prints. After a bit of hunting, I was able to find more affordable prints via Ebay and Allposters.

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We're starting the study reno in the new year - so I'd better get collecting!



  1. These are perfect for a study B! And so sorry to hear about your dog, very sad :(

    Abbey x

  2. They're really cool, B! Looking forward to the Study reno.



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