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Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Carlo Pellegrini, published in Vanity Fair 30 January 1869 - NPG 6659 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 30 January 1869
11 7/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (302 mm x 161 mm)
Purchased, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6659


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  • Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 143 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This was the first caricature to appear in Vanity Fair. It transformed Carlo Pellegrini, under the nickname 'Singe' (later anglicised to 'Ape'), from an amateur entertainer of high society into a professional caricaturist. The editor Thomas Gibson Bowles, wrote admiringly of Disraeli in the accompanying text: 'Of all our political leaders…I have the greatest admiration and respect by far for Mr Disraeli, for he represents the coming principle of the world - that of Personal Merit.'

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