Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Vintage" Prints From A Cricketing Past In The Pages Of Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair magazine, has been published under several different guises over the years. The second Vanity Fair was a British weekly magazine published from 1868 to 1914.

Subtitled "A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares", it was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, a British journalist and politician, who was the maternal grandfather of the Mitford sisters! Bowles aimed to expose the contemporary vanities of Victorian society.

Thomas Gibson Bowles

The first issue appeared in London on November 7, 1868. It offered its readership articles on fashion, current events, the theatre, books, social events and the latest scandals, together with serial fiction, word games and other trivia.

Bowles wrote much of the magazine himself under various pseudonyms such as "Jehu Junior", but contributors included Lewis Carroll, Willie Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Jessie Pope and Bertram Fletcher Robinson who was editor from June 1904 until October 1906.

A full-page, color lithograph of a contemporary celebrity or dignitary appeared in most issues, and it is for these caricatures that Vanity Fair is best known today.

The final issue of the British Vanity Fair appeared on February 5, 1914.

Below you will find some of vivid drawings that graced the pages of Vanity Fair magazine from the sporting world of cricket.


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