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

Philip William ('Phil') May

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 14 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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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

1184a

Phil May

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

2661

Phil May

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

2751

Phil May

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

x4228

Phil May

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

x4229

Phil May

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

x4230

Phil May

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

x4231

Phil May

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

Ax160440

Phil May

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

D3782

The London Sketch Club

by Unknown artist
screenprint, 1921
NPG D3782