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Vanity Fair, Sir Joseph Bennett Lawes, Chartrand, T, Vanity Fair 1882

Vanity Fair, Sir Joseph Bennett Lawes, Chartrand, T, Vanity Fair 1882

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Sir Joseph Bennett Lawes - Vanity Fair 1882

Print Size: 21 x 35cm, Matted. 

New Vanity Fair.

If you're looking for a who's who of Victorian life then grabbing an old copy of Vanity Fair is a good place to start. The most successful 'Society Magazine' in the history of English journalism, the publication ran under the promise of presenting “a weekly show of Political, Social and Literary Wares”. For almost fifty years it invited readers to recognise their vanities and each week it would summarise world events, review West End shows and – most importantly – caricature its readers! From artists and authors to scholars and statesmen; the Vanity Fair caricature was an integral part of upper-class Victorian life.


Théobald Chartran (20 July 1849 – 16 July 1907) was a classical French propaganda painter.

As "T", he was one of the artists responsible for occasional caricatures of Vanity Fair magazine, specializing in French and Italian subjects. His work for Vanity Fair included Pope Leo XIIIGiuseppe GaribaldiUmberto I of ItalyWilliam Henry Waddington, all in 1878, Charles GounodGiuseppe VerdiErnest RenanJules GrévyNapoléon Joseph Charles Paul BonaparteVictor HugoMarshal MacMahonGranier de CassagnacLouis Blanc, and Alexandre Dumas fils, all in 1879.

President Theodore Roosevelt's official portrait was originally commissioned to Théobald Chartran in 1902, but when Roosevelt saw the final product he hated it and hid it in the darkest corner of the White House. When family members called it the "Mewing Cat" for making him look so harmless, he had it destroyed and hired John Singer Sargent to paint a more masculine portrait.

Among Chartran's work is his portrait of René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec, the inventor of the stethoscope.



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