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Philip William ('Phil') May

(1864-1903), Cartoonist and silhouette artist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

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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Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4228

Phil May

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

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4229

Phil May

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

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4230

Phil May

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

Phil May, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x4231

Phil May

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

Phil May with his dog, Mr Blathers, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160440

Phil May with his dog, Mr Blathers

by Unknown photographer
matte bromide postcard print, circa 1902-1903
NPG Ax160440

Phil May ('Men of the Day. No. 613.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44739

Phil May ('Men of the Day. No. 613.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 21 February 1895
NPG D44739

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