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MS Thr 1041

Vanity fair caricatures, 1871-1911: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: pf
Call No.: MS Thr 1041
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Vanity fair caricatures,
Date(s): 1871-1911.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English
Abstract: 19th and 20th-century caricature prints from Vanity fair (London, England : 1868) magazine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett ; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary and Benjamin Hand

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Vanity Fair Caricatures, 1871-1911 (MS Thr 1041). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Vanity fair (London, England : 1868) began publishing caricatures of well-known personalities in 1869. Over 2,300 portraits were published between 1869 and 1914.


Arranged alphabetically by caricature subject.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 19th and 20th-century caricature prints, and accompanying text, that appeared in the magazine Vanity fair (London, England : 1868). Most of the prints are chromolithographs. Caricature artists represented in this collection include Sir Leslie Ward, Théobald Chartan, Wallace Hester, Lyall, "Nibs," Franz Goedecker, Liberio Prosperi, Carlo Pellegrini, and Sir Luke Fildes. Additionally, the collection includes 2 photographic prints.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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