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Phil May

(1864-1903), Cartoonist and silhouette artist

Philip William ('Phil') May

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

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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Phil May, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 3038

Phil May

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen, brush and pencil on paper, 1894
NPG 3038

Phil May, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 3941

Phil May

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

Phil May, by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence - NPG 1184a

Phil May

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
black chalk, 1895
NPG 1184a

Phil May, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 2661

Phil May

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

Phil May, by Arthur Pelham Collins - NPG 2751

Phil May

by Arthur Pelham Collins
pen and ink, circa 1900-1903
NPG 2751

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4228

Phil May

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1898
NPG x4228

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4229

Phil May

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1898
NPG x4229

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4230

Phil May

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1898
NPG x4230

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4231

Phil May

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1898
NPG x4231

Phil May, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160440

Phil May

by Unknown photographer
matte bromide postcard print, early 1900s
NPG Ax160440

The London Sketch Club, by Unknown artist - NPG D3782

The London Sketch Club

by Unknown artist
screenprint, 1921
NPG D3782

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Philip William ('Phil') May ('Men of the Day. No. 613.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 21 February 1895
NPG D44739

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