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Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 479 portraits
Carlo Pellegrini was born in Italy in 1838. His father came from an ancient land-owning family, while his mother was descended from the Medici. He moved to London in 1864, where he became a favourite member of bohemian and aristocratic circles. In 1869, Thomas Gibson Bowles employed Pellegrini to produce caricatures for his new society magazine, Vanity Fair. His caricature of Benjamin Disraeli was the first lithograph to appear in the magazine. It was so popular that it helped to establish the idea of the coloured caricature in British magazines. Signing his work 'Ape', Pellegrini continued working for the journal for the rest of his life.

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Carlo Pellegrini

attributed to Carlo Pellegrini
oil and possibly gouache, 1877
NPG 2933


Carlo Pellegrini

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1919 (possibly 1925?)
NPG 3501


Carlo Pellegrini ('Men of the Day. No. 422.')

by Arthur H Marks ('AJM')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 27 April 1881
NPG D44435