Sir Leslie Ward(1851-1922), 'Spy'; caricaturist and portrait painter; son of Edward Matthew Ward
Sitter in 9 portraits
Artist associated with 1617 portraits
Leslie Ward was the best known of an international group of artists who worked for Vanity Fair magazine. They produced caricatures of many of the leading characters of the day, including artists, athletes, royalty, statesmen, scientists, authors, actors, soldiers and scholars. Ward worked under the pseudonym 'Spy'. The son of the painters Edward Mathew and Henrietta Ward, Ward studied at the Royal Academy Schools and began drawing for Vanity Fair in 1873. He worked there for more than forty years, producing more than half of the 2,387 caricatures published.
by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 11 May 1878
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