Sir Leslie Ward
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Sir Leslie Ward
by Jean de Paleologu '(PAL')
Watercolour with gum highlights on paper, with traces of pencil, 1889
12 1/2 in. x 7 1/4 in. (318 mm x 184 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Within image signed in paint lower left-hand corner: ‘PAL.’;
and inscr. in pencil top right-hand corner: ‘2’.
In margin inscr. in pencil: ‘[?]Nov 23/89’ (upper left-hand corner), ‘SPY’ (upper right-hand corner), ‘677’ (lower left-hand corner);
and in ink: “Spy” (bottom centre).
This portraitback to top
This cartoon is in the old tradition of the portrait chargé, depicting a disproportionately large head (and hands) on a small body.
Jean de Paleologu (or Paleologue, ‘PAL’) was a painter and poster artist born in Romania. He trained in England and eventually settled in Paris.  He was the author of three drawings for Vanity Fair between 21 September 1889 and 11 January 1890, two of which are in the National Portrait Gallery collection (see the portrait of E.F.S. Piggott, NPG 2992).
See NPG collection 2566–2606, 2698–2746, 2964–3012, 3265–3300, 4605–4611, 4627–4636, 4707(1–30), 4711–4758
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Physical descriptionback to top
Whole-length, profile to left, black hair slicked back, leaning against low table, holding sketchbook and ?pencil, sketching a bearded figure.
Conservationback to top
Provenanceback to top
Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 28 October 1912 (422, purchased Harker); sale, Puttick and Simpson, 17 March 1916 (123); sale, Messrs Hodgson & Co, 2 November 1938 (532), purchased by the Gallery.
Exhibitionsback to top
Cartoonists of the British School, New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone, 1968 (140).
Reproductionsback to top
Harris & Ormond 1976, p.12.
Copies of the print after NPG 3007
Chromolithograph by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son, Vanity Fair, 23 November 1889; copy NPG D44465 (repr. Matthews & Mellini 1982, p.28).
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