Antique Vanity Fair Framed Color Lithograph of 1894 “Michael Michailovitch” and Men of the Day No. 883. "Muir" | Victorian Portraits
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「Features」 · Color lithograph · Depicting "Michael Michailovitch", Russian tennis player; Men of the Day. No. 883. "Muir." Mr. Samuel Mure Fergusson · Gorgeous professional framing In wood veneer and gilded gold · Can be purchased seperately or as a pair
「Style Inspiration」 Two distinguished gentlemen, handsomely framed, to grace your study, living room or bedroom.
「History」 "Michael Michailovitch" Vanity Fair portrait of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia (1861-1929). 'A great lover of lawn tennis who plays up at the net'. He followed a military career, but was banished from living in Russia when in 1891 he contracted a morganatic marriage with Countess Sophie of Merenberg. He spent the rest of his life living in exile in England and in the French Riviera, escaping the Russian Revolution.
"Muir" This likeness of Samuel Mure Fergusson was originally done in watercolor and ink by Sir Leslie Ward, otherwise known as "Spy," who was a British cartoonist celebrated for his satiric portraits. Fergusson was a Scottish amateur golfer who settled in England, and he won acclaim in both places for his sharp game. Here, he wears a plaid suit reminiscent of his heritage, holds a ball in his gloved hand, and leans on his club like a cane.
About Vanity Fair The British Vanity Fair (1868-1914), a compendium and often critique of Victorian culture, is best known today for its lithographed caricatures of contemporary figures and issues. Its portrait series pictured and described--with both praise and caricature--prominent Victorian and Edwardian politicians, lawyers, doctors, and similar professionals. These images, as well as other series of portraits, accompanies literary and political articles, cultural reviews, serialized fiction, and other standard weekly magazine features. As the publication grew, it turned increasingly toward gossip as a topic, as reflected in the long-running series of portraits.
「Dimension」 Framed: 15" W x 20" H x 1" D Art: 10" W x 15" H
「Condition」 Very good antique condition. Light bubbling of the paper around the edges. A chip on the bottom corner frame of "Muir".