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Carlo Pellegrini

(1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 482 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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Acton Smee Ayrton, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4713

Acton Smee Ayrton

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 23 October 1869
NPG 4713

Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2569

Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 3 April 1869
NPG 2569

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4715

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 27 March 1869
NPG 4715

William Edward Forster, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 5153

William Edward Forster

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 6 March 1869
NPG 5153

William Ewart Gladstone, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 1978

William Ewart Gladstone

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 6 February 1869
NPG 1978

William Connor Magee, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 1994

William Connor Magee

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 3 July 1869
NPG 1994

James Plaisted Wilde, Baron Penzance, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2739

James Plaisted Wilde, Baron Penzance

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 18 December 1869
NPG 2739

Samuel Wilberforce, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 1993

Samuel Wilberforce

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 July 1869
NPG 1993

John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 5785

John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 20 November 1869
NPG 5785

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 6659

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 30 January 1869
NPG 6659

John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4629

John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 19 November 1870
NPG 4629

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3969

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer

by Carlo Pellegrini
pencil, study in reverse pose for drawing published in Vanity Fair 27 August 1870
NPG 3969

Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2723

Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 3 September 1870
NPG 2723

Thomas Heron Jones, 7th Viscount Ranelagh, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4736

Thomas Heron Jones, 7th Viscount Ranelagh

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 25 June 1870
NPG 4736

Sir Henry Knight Storks, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2602

Sir Henry Knight Storks

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 December 1870
NPG 2602

Chevalier Carlo Cadorna, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4635

Chevalier Carlo Cadorna

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 4 March 1871
NPG 4635

Thomas Erskine May, 1st Baron Farnborough, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2712

Thomas Erskine May, 1st Baron Farnborough

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 6 May 1871
NPG 2712

Henry Edward Manning, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3628

Henry Edward Manning

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 25 February 1871
NPG 3628

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2626

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
pencil, watercolour and gouache, published in Vanity Fair 13 May 1871
NPG 2626

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