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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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Lord Randolph Churchill, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 3032

Lord Randolph Churchill

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

Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd Bt, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 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

Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd Bt, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 3173a

Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd Bt

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

Unknown man, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 3174a

Unknown man

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

William Ewart Gladstone, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 2819

William Ewart Gladstone

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

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

Sir Frank Brangwyn, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 4057

Sir Frank Brangwyn

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

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

Phil May

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

Sir John Longstaff, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 4392

Sir John Longstaff

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

Joe Chamberlain, by Philip William ('Phil') May - NPG 3020

Joe Chamberlain

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

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