BACKGROUND: Produced to verify the colours and lines of the lithographs, no more than 20 proofs were printed of each caricature. These prints have no captions or dates, or other descriptive type, and the magazine bound them in numbered albums, in green leather with gilt tooling. They were offered for sale, and also awarded as prizes in the magazine's acrostic contests. At the front of each volume was a printed note from Vanity Fair giving the number of proof volume and the numbered volume in the series. The quality of the colours in the proof prints, their clarity of line and detail and their scarcity make them of considerable interest to collectors.
Source: " In 'Vanity Fair' " by Roy T. Matthews and Peter Mellini
We sell original Vanity Fair prints (lithographs), not reproductions.
|IMPORTANT: the name, date, and title given below each thumbnail do not appear on the prints, as these are"Proofs before lettering." Please see background information above. |
We do provide descriptive text of the caricature whenever possible.
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