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Phil May (1864-1903), Cartoonist and silhouette artist

Philip William ('Phil') May

Sitter in 15 portraits
Artist of 20 portraits
Philip William May was a caricaturist. He was born near Leeds and was the son of an engineer who died when May was nine years old. May worked in a variety of jobs before moving to London, and shortly afterward to Australia, when he was seventeen. In Australia he found work with the Sydney Bulletin, and in just three years produced over 800 drawings for the Bulletin. On his return to London in 1892 May drew for the St Stephen's Review; his studies of the London guttersnipes and coster-girls rapidly made him famous. He became a regular member of the staff of Punch in 1896, and in his later years his services were retained exclusively for Punch and The Graphic.

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3032

Lord Randolph Churchill

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink
NPG 3032

1611

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink, circa 1880s
NPG 1611

3173

Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd Bt

by Philip William ('Phil') May
silhouette, 1889
On display in the Billiard Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 3173

3173a

Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd Bt

by Philip William ('Phil') May
silhouette, 1889
NPG 3173a

3174a

Unknown man

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink
NPG 3174a

2819

William Ewart Gladstone

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink, 1893
NPG 2819

3038

Phil May

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen, brush and pencil on paper, 1894
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3038

3941

Phil May

by Philip William ('Phil') May
silhouette on glass, 1894
NPG 3941

4057

Sir Frank Brangwyn

by Philip William ('Phil') May
chalk, circa 1895
NPG 4057

2661

Phil May

by Philip William ('Phil') May
black chalk, late 1890s
NPG 2661

3679

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3679

3680

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3680

3681

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3681

4392

Sir John Longstaff

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1901
NPG 4392

3020

Joe Chamberlain

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink, 1902
NPG 3020

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