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Carlo Pellegrini

(1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 483 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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Sir William Augustus Fraser, 4th Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2573

Sir William Augustus Fraser, 4th Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 9 January 1875
NPG 2573

Abraham Hayward, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4072

Abraham Hayward

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 17 November 1875
NPG 4072

Sir George Samuel Jenkinson, 11th Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2579

Sir George Samuel Jenkinson, 11th Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 April 1875
NPG 2579

Sir John Pope-Hennessy, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3267

Sir John Pope-Hennessy

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 27 March 1875
NPG 3267

Edward Bouverie Pusey, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2594

Edward Bouverie Pusey

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 2 January 1875
NPG 2594

Henry Cecil Raikes, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2596

Henry Cecil Raikes

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 17 April 1875
NPG 2596

Clare Sewell Read, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2597

Clare Sewell Read

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 5 June 1875
NPG 2597

Sir William Howard Russell, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3268

Sir William Howard Russell

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 16 January 1875
NPG 3268

Count Pyotr Andreyevich Schouvaloff, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4707(29)

Count Pyotr Andreyevich Schouvaloff

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 13 February 1875
NPG 4707(29)

John Edward Cornwallis Rous, 2nd Earl of Stradbroke, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4744

John Edward Cornwallis Rous, 2nd Earl of Stradbroke

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 31 July 1875
NPG 4744

Matthew Webb, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4751

Matthew Webb

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 9 October 1875
NPG 4751

John Thomas Freeman-Mitford, 1st Earl of Redesdale, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 5311

John Thomas Freeman-Mitford, 1st Earl of Redesdale

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 27 February 1875
NPG 5311

Sir John Simmons, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3269

Sir John Simmons

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 1 December 1877
NPG 3269

Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons, Earl Lyons, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 1995

Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons, Earl Lyons

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 6 April 1878
NPG 1995

Sir Frederick Marshall, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2587

Sir Frederick Marshall

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 16 March 1878
NPG 2587

Sir Charles Russell, 3rd Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4740

Sir Charles Russell, 3rd Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 2 February 1878
NPG 4740

Frederick Arthur Wellesley, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4752

Frederick Arthur Wellesley

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 25 May 1878
NPG 4752

Sir William Alexander Gordon-Cumming, 4th Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4631

Sir William Alexander Gordon-Cumming, 4th Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 5 June 1880
NPG 4631

Frederick Greenwood, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2714

Frederick Greenwood

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 18 June 1880
NPG 2714

Jean Baptiste Léon Say, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4707(28)

Jean Baptiste Léon Say

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 4 December 1880
NPG 4707(28)

Charles George Gordon, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2575

Charles George Gordon

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 19 February 1881
NPG 2575

John Charles Ryle, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4743

John Charles Ryle

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 26 March 1881
NPG 4743

Sir Donald Currie, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2707

Sir Donald Currie

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 21 June 1884
NPG 2707

Sir Charles Mark Palmer, 1st Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4730

Sir Charles Mark Palmer, 1st Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 18 October 1884
NPG 4730

Charles Nicholas Warton, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3271

Charles Nicholas Warton

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 10 May 1884
NPG 3271

Oscar Wilde, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3653

Oscar Wilde

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 May 1884
NPG 3653

Sir Charles Lennox Wyke, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4757

Sir Charles Lennox Wyke

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 9 February 1884
NPG 4757

Dudley Francis Stuart Ryder, 3rd Earl of Harrowby, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2577

Dudley Francis Stuart Ryder, 3rd Earl of Harrowby

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 28 November 1885
NPG 2577

Sir Frederick George Milner, 7th Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4729

Sir Frederick George Milner, 7th Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 27 June 1885
NPG 4729

Sir Edward Robert Sullivan, 5th Bt, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3270

Sir Edward Robert Sullivan, 5th Bt

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 13 June 1885
NPG 3270

Henry Wellesley, 3rd Duke of Wellington, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4630

Henry Wellesley, 3rd Duke of Wellington

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 3 January 1885
NPG 4630

Sir Richard Francis Burton, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 5787

Sir Richard Francis Burton

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 24 October 1885
NPG 5787

Frederic Harrison, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 2718

Frederic Harrison

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 23 January 1886
NPG 2718

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