Editors, Authors, and Artists of VANITY FAIR[edit]

Vainness Truthful ran from 1868 to 1914, however in no way was the identical journal in the beginning, the center, and the top. A succession of editors, authors, and artists, competitors from imitators and different journals, altering tastes, advances in images and publishing know-how — the entire sweep of a close to half-century — all left their stamp. As this common historical past has been well-written elsewhere,[1] a slimmer model will suffice right here with particular consideration to these points particular to rowing. A pattern problem — July 20, 1889, when Man Nickalls appeared — is reproduced in full as an appendix.

“Tommy,” Vainness Truthful, October 19, 1905

Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922) created, owned, and for essentially the most half edited Vainness Truthful for its first twenty years. The illegitimate little one of a Liberal M.P., Bowles grew up in his father’s family witnessing a parade of literary and society figures at dinner events and different capabilities. He attended neither a well-known public faculty nor college however at nineteen obtained a minor place with the Board of Commerce, of which his father was then President. From that perch he dabbled in journalism and novice theater, wrote performs and contributed to satirical society magazines, and made buddies with rising journalists, attorneys, politicians, army officers, and actors. Eight years later, in 1868, Bowles chucked the Board of Commerce to launch Vainness Truthful as a weekly for the “hupper suckles” encoded with “the passwords of Society.”[2] To T.H.S. Escott, an historian of Fleet Avenue writing in 1911, Bowles “not solely introduced within the society journal as an establishment: he invented its very title”; Vainness Truthful grew to become “the actual father or mother of all subsequent growths in that division of journalism at a date when it appeared as trendy to run a weekly sheet for one’s buddies as to endow a theatre for one’s mistress.”[3] Leslie Ward, who contributed portraits to the journal for practically forty years, thought Bowles “the perfect editor the paper ever had. He had the present of the best phrase in the best place; and it could be remarked {that a} dislike of Dickens prevented any quotations from that well-known writer from getting into the pages.”[4] Likewise novelist and playwright Max Pemberton, who started his profession at Vainness Truthful in 1885 after rowing at Caius, thought of Bowles “a really martinet when a person’s type of writing was to be judged.”[5]

Amongst Bowles’ preliminary contributors and compatriots was Walter Bradford Woodgate (1840-1920). Woodgate went as much as to Brasenose Faculty, Oxford, in 1858 the place he lingered nicely into the 1860s, primarily on the river. He gained the College Pairs thrice, the Sculls twice, rowed within the Boat Race twice (1862 and 1863, successful each), gained the Grand Problem Cup in 1865, the Stewards’ Problem Cup in 1862, the Diamond Sculls in 1864, the Goblets in 1861-63, 1866, and 1868, and the Wingfield Sculls in 1862, 1864, and 1867. By getting into for the Diamonds in 1866 below a false title, and for having his coxswain bounce overboard at first of the 1868 Stewards’ to lighten his Brasenose 4, Woodgate precipitated the adoption of Henley Regatta guidelines particularly prohibiting such conduct. When coxswains had been dropped from the Stewards’ in 1873, “he gained his ethical victory,” the Rowing Almanack later recalled. “Nothing however defeating a railway in an motion at regulation might have given him a lot pleasure.”[6]

W.B. Woodgate, Rowing Almanac, 1921

Woodgate’s main non-aquatic accomplishment at Oxford was the founding in 1863 of Vincent’s Membership (named for the owner who rented the rooms), in response in opposition to the Union Society. The Union on the time barred smoking and consuming and, in Woodgate’s view, “went by way of the farce of socially ‘vetting’ each candidate, and in spite of everything, passing all kinds and circumstances of males as ‘sound,’ regardless of infamous antecedents.”[7] So he and his buddies made Vincent’s selective (“a magic quantity — 100 — to offer status”) and supplied beer, tea, and low, all totally free lest the proctors intervene had been drinks “on the market.”[8] A direct success, Vincent’s climbed straight to the highest of the undergraduate social heap. Amongst its later presidents had been Vainness Truthful rowers Bankes, Nickalls, and Cotton.

A lifelong bachelor, Woodgate was known as to the bar in 1872. He practiced for forty years however took neither the regulation nor the rest save rowing too significantly. He helped coach quite a few Oxford crews and was president of Kingston R.C. He wrote Oars and Sculls, and Easy methods to Use Them (1874), Boating (1888, for the Badminton Library set), Reminiscences of an Previous Sportsman (1909), plus a number of non-rowing works. He contributed to The Subject for half a century, incessantly “produc[ing] the main article in a curious however versatile English, which was fairly unmistakable.”[9] Woodgate’s writing attests to his clerical household background, classical Greek and Latin education, years of lawyering, and an unsuppressable urge to storytell, laced with legalisms and couplets from Horace. He might, wrote T.A. Cook dinner, who rowed for Oxford in 1889 with Vainness Truthful’s Man Nickalls, “write something from a curate’s sermon to a number one article on the Torts of Landlords or a racy description of a prize struggle and a sculling match.”[10] Take, for example, his recollection of “screwing up” dons at College Faculty, Oxford, within the 1860s:

I’ve referred to the comparatively good feeling that existed in my time between B.N.C. dons and undergraduates, as in comparison with the cat and canine scenario in some schools. At College Coll., for example, “screwing up” was virtually a terminal characteristic. The technical process there was to screw up the oak [door] of an unpopular don with coffin nails, after which to file off the heads (within the small hours). At chapel-time the subsequent morning the sufferer (say, Lee Warner) could be heard yelling from his window for the porter, saying, “My door is quick. I can not open it. What am I to do?” The porter would stolidly reply, from beneath: “Mr. Chavasse, sir, normally sends for X—–” (a neighborhood carpenter and coffin maker, who drove fairly a profitable commerce in thus releasing from durance vile these dons on whom the undergraduate Vehmgericht had handed sentence). Lee Warner obtained frequent room inquiry on this outrage to himself, and introduced, in terrorem, that he would resign his tutorship, if the malefactors didn’t give of their names. Previous Dr. Plumptre, the Head, took him at his phrase, and clenched the resignation irrevocably as long as he lived. He ascribed faculty dysfunction to failure of tact in dons and tried to weed duffers.[11]

Woodgate contributed most and the perfect of the rowing articles to Vainness Truthful from roughly 1870 to 1873 and from 1890 to 1907, utilizing the pen title “Wat Bradford” within the ‘70s. (Therefore the inspiration for the pen title of a Wiki contributor to this 21st century compilation of the rowers of Vainness Truthful.) Within the intervening years, from 1874 by way of 1889, rowing was both ignored in Vainness Truthful, given passing reference as an honorable chapter within the biographies of eminent males, or, with respect to Henley, mentioned for who was there and the way splendid had been the events. As a weekly, Vainness Truthful couldn’t compete with the sports activities protection within the day by day papers and thus, in these lean years with out Woodgate, hardly tried. Within the 1886 Boat Race, for instance, Cambridge was down by open water at Barnes Bridge however went on to win by two-thirds of a size, an unprecedented comeback. “By no means in the entire historical past of the Boatrace has there been a contest extra thrilling to look at or extra sensational in its consequence,” judged the Boat Race 1929 Official Centenary Historical past.[12] But Vainness Truthful’s nameless columnist merely reported (April 10, 1886): “As I anticipated, Cambridge gained the Boat Race, after one of many best races ever seen. However as everybody has had sufficient of the reporters’ gush, I’ll say no extra about it.”

Carlo Pellegrini, by Edgar Degas

Vainness Truthful owed its early and enduring success to its first caricaturist,Carlo Pellegrini (1839-89). A local of Capua, Pellegrini left Italy for England in 1864 and spent the remaining half of his life there. Cultivating a fame as a bohemian bon vivant who claimed Medici lineage and to have fought with Garibaldi, Pellegrini established himself in London society as a pet and the caricaturist of the Prince of Wales’ set. On assembly Bowles at a cocktail party, Pellegrini reportedly stated: “Your paper may be very dangerous: I shall draw photos for you and make you wealthy.”[13] Whether or not the introduction was apocryphal or not, Bowles did interact Pellegrini to supply “some Pictorial Wares of a completely novel character,”[14] beginning with Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli within the January 30, 1869 problem. This well-known thirteenth problem, which proved so fashionable that it went into three editions with the third promoting for twice the worth of the unique, launched caricature and chromolithography to the journal in addition to to the final London press. It inaugurated between editor and artist “the identical profitable conjunction that in opera bouffe was introduced by the co-operation of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.”[15] From 1869 to till his demise in 1889 Pellegrini contributed 332 extra caricatures below the pen-name “Ape,” together with the primary two of our rowers, Stafford Henry Northcote (October 8, 1870) and William Baliol Brett (January 1, 1876).

What marked the work of Pellegrini, in line with David Low, was his “the examine of particular person particularity, involving the psychological in addition to the ocular imaginative and prescient”; his caricatures “had been most likenesses, that’s to say they represented not solely what he noticed but additionally what he knew.”[16] On this respect Pellegrini adopted the French portraits chargés of Daumier and Gill, however he changed their satiric chew with the Neopolitan good humour of Delfico, who himself ultimately provided some caricatures to Vainness Truthful. When the Each day Information complained that Pellegrini’s early work lacked a vital “comedian” component and tended to “phantasmagoric extravagance,” “grimness,” and “grotesqueness,” Bowles denied the cost, explaining that the “unique and real function” of caricature was “to cost and exaggerate” actuality: “There are grim faces made extra grim, grotesque figures made extra grotesque, and uninteresting individuals made duller by the genius of our proficient collaborator ‘Ape’; however there may be nothing that has been handled with a set function to make it one thing that it was not already in a lesser diploma.”[17] Pellegrini set the inventive trademark for Vainness Truthful, and whereas most of his successors tried to emulate it to various levels, none got here shut save maybe for Max Beerbohm, who sadly drew no rowers.

Tissot, self-portrait, c 1865

Among the many first to substitute for Pellegrini throughout certainly one of his self-imposed sabbaticals was James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902). Raised in Nantes, Tissot moved to Paris at age nineteen the place he grew to become a profitable painter, a buddy of Degas and Manet. Bowles met Tissot there within the late 1860s and acquired his collection of European “Sovereigns” that Vainness Truthful carried in late 1869 below the title “Coïdé.” They met once more in 1870 whereas Bowles coated the siege of Paris for the Morning Put up. With the collapse of the Paris Commune, Tissot fled in Could 1871 to London the place Bowles offered him with housing, an efficient entree to London society, and a few early commissions. These included his single rower for Vainness Truthful, a sinister rendering of the younger Radical M.P. Charles Wentworth Dilke (November 25, 1871). With such assist and his personal social and enterprise acumen, deploying his versatile tutorial brush to swimsuit demand, Tissot rejuvenated his profession, no less than with the buying public if not at all times with the critics. Three years after Tissot’s arrival in England, French critic Edmond de Goncourt recorded in his journal: “In the present day, Duplessis instructed me that Tissot, that plagiarist painter, has had the best success in England. Was it not his thought, this ingenious exploiter of English idiocy, to have a studio with a ready room the place, always, there may be iced champagne on the disposal of tourists, and across the studio, a backyard the place, all day lengthy, one can see a footman in silk stockings brushing and shining the shrubbery leaves?”[18] Tissot produced thirty-nine portraits for Vainness Truthful from 1871 to 1873, finally sixty-two in whole.

Leslie Ward (1851-1922), higher often known as “Spy,” contributed 1325 portraits to Vainness Truthful from 1873 to 1911, amounting to over half the journal’s whole and together with forty-one prints of forty rowers (doing H.L.B. McCalmont twice, as soon as in 1889 and once more in 1896). It is perhaps thought a becoming profession for a London-born Etonian whose mother and father had been each completed painters, however in truth didn’t happen and not using a good dose of ambition and luck. His father, E.M. Ward, a member of the Royal Academy, opposed a creative profession and to deflect younger Leslie’s abilities to a extra dependable livelihood, apprenticed him to a outstanding architect, Sydney Smirke (accountable amongst different issues for the neoclassical United Oxford and Cambridge Membership on Pall Mall). Ward bore it for a 12 months however Smirke then determined to retire and the following want in 1871 to search out some substitute gave Ward the possibility to precipitate what he later known as “a rousing scene”[19] together with his father. With the mediation of some artist buddies, drawing and portray gained over structure. Instantly, Ward was eager to be revealed in Vainness Truthful: “[W]hen I noticed the primary numbers of Vainness Truthful I used to be tremendously taken with Pellegrini’s caricatures, and, having a e book of drawings of comparable character, had thought that if solely I might get one drawing in Vainness Truthful I ought to die completely satisfied.”[20] The possibility arose two years later when Pellegrini was off responsibility leaving Bowles with insufficient substitutes. John Millais, a buddy of Bowles and Ward however who by no means contributed to Vainness Truthful, chosen a sketch from Ward’s portfolio and advised that Ward redraw it to applicable dimension, which he did and Bowles accepted. But it surely was unsigned, so Bowles referred Ward to a dictionary to search out inspiration for a pen-name for future work. He opened it to “spy,” outlined as “to watch secretly, or to find at a distance or in concealment.” “Simply the factor,” stated Bowles, and Ward used it faithfully from that time onward.[21] Thus whereas Ward’s “orthodox artwork coaching . . . left him with a considerably tougher and fewer elastic tools than his grasp [Pellegrini],”[22] his perseverance to develop into a society artist earned him Bowles’ confidence and ultimately the vast majority of the accessible commissions.

Ward was neither a rower nor an in depth follower of the game. “I’m at all times within the possibilities of the rival [Boat Race] crews; nonetheless, my curiosity was nothing out of the frequent,” he recalled in his 1915 memoirs.[23] But “amongst my pleasantest recollections,” he added, “are these of the university-rowing males with whom I got here in shut contact, for in each manner attainable they prolonged their hospitality to me, and I shall at all times bear in mind with pleasure my visits to Oxford and Cambridge particularly through the rowing season.”[24] This hospitality might have included patiently posing, for though Ward did certainly “spy” a lot of his topics, others, significantly within the post-Bowles years, had been chosen by mutual consent which facilitated the prolonged examine Ward wanted to have the ability to full a sketch. Recalling an nameless undergraduate in coaching for the Boat Race, Ward noticed: “I’ve discovered males of this rowing calibre normally fantastic sitters, being completely match; this specific younger man was in glorious type, a lot in order that he fully outstood me and stated after I, eventually, begged him depart to have a relaxation: ‘Why I can go on standing all day with out fatigue!’”[25]

Over time, Vainness Truthful revealed the work of greater than fifty different artists. Théobald Chartran (1849-1907), a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts and winner of the grand prix de Rome, revealed sixty-eight portraits in Vainness Truthful from 1878 to 1884, together with rower W.H. Waddington. Belgian sculptor François Verheyden (1806-99) contributed six caricatures in 1883 in reference to the Belt v. Lawes libel case with which Vainness Truthful was intimately linked, together with that of defendant C.B. Lawes (Could 12, 1883), the Cambridge stroke of 1865. Francis Carruthers Gould (1844-1925), higher identified for the extremely ingenious political cartoons that earned him a knighthood from the Liberals after the 1906 election, drew seven caricatures for Vainness Truthful, amongst them that of B.J. Angle (April 5, 1890) who was, as Gould had been, a stockbroker. Henry Charles Sepping Wright (1850-1937), a barrister “stuff gownsman” who caught fellow attorneys and judges in court docket, revealed his works below the sobriquet “Stuff” and contributed Mr. Justice Denman (November 19, 1892). Different artists, identified solely by pseudonym, embrace “Ape Junior” (who drew R.C. Bourne, March 29, 1911), “ELF” (R.H. Forster, July 6, 1910), “Hay” (E.J.H. Smith, January 28, 1888), “Owl” (R. McKenna, April 23, 1913), “Ray” (Lord Cheylesmore, July 17, 1912), and “WH” (S.E. Swann, April 3, 1912, J. C. Carter, July 3, 1912, and F.V. Brooks, September 18, 1912).

No rowers featured as such in Vainness Truthful through the twenty years Bowles owned and ran it, aside from Reverend Smith of Pembroke Faculty, Cambridge, who as talked about above was identified to educate the school fifth Lent boat. Bowles did depict a number of non-rowing sportsmen (corresponding to cricketer W.G. Grace and jockey Fred Archer) and eleven of our rowers of their then-current capacities as politician, choose, or what have you ever. To point out rowers qua rowers fell to Bowles’ successors, beginning with Arthur Evans and Arthur George Witherby as proprietor and editor respectively. Evans, the previous Metropolis Editor for Bowles, reportedly used the perch primarily to govern the shares wherein he was .[26] Witherby, whom Ward described as “an excellent type and eager sportsman,”[27] contributed eight drawings himself below the pen-name “W.A.G.,” together with that of Montague Shearman (July 4, 1895), an ex-rower higher identified and featured as co-founder of the Beginner Athletic Affiliation. On Witherby’s watch Vainness Truthful started carrying one or two rowers per 12 months, beginning with Nickalls and Searle in 1889, and welcomed Woodgate again into the fold for annual commentary on the Boat Race and Henley. Cricketers, jockeys, golfers, polo and tennis gamers — all method of Victorian sportsmen — additionally started showing incessantly, although whether or not this mirrored Witherby’s private style or his readers’ is tough to say. It might even have been because of the arrival of Bertram Fletcher Robinson, a Cambridge rugby Blue who obtained his journalistic begin masking the game within the early 1890s for Rudy Lehmann’s Granta. Robinson ultimately left Vainness Truthful for The World and died in 1907, at thirty-six.[28]

Because the elevated rowing protection coincided with Oxford’s 1890-98 run within the Boat Race, the featured rowers tended towards darker blue, which drew the next letter to the editor:

Adelphi Lodge, Liverpool, 20th March, 1894.

DEAR VANITY,– Guess I’m simply going to ask you a civil query. How the deuce is it that at Boat Race time you invariably present the full-length carcase of a Darkish Blue oarsman? If the concept is to offer a tip for the winner, nicely, it’s excusable — particularly when it’s thought of that Oxford have gained for the previous few years consecutively. However, alternatively, in case your intention is merely to let the general public see the outward and visual type on paper of one of many chief actors within the occasion — nicely, grasp it, absolutely the opposite aspect may need a present on occasion. The Cantabs are absolutely simply as “extremely respectable” as their whilom opponents, and, to place it mildly, they’re fairly as fashionable. Now, Sir, I’m neither a Cantonian nor an Oxab — nor a ‘Varsity man of any sort in any respect. However I do think about that as there are two sides to each query so there are two crews in each College Boat Race.

Expensive Vainness, do be Truthful, and oblige yours amphibiously,


To which Vainness Truthful replied:

[A] “civil query” calls for a civil reply; wherefore I refer “Peregrine Pickle” to “Spy’s” cartoon to-day [of C.T. Fogg-Elliot of C.U.B.C.] I fancy that I used to be not a lot accountable for placing Mr. Cotton per week in entrance of Mr. Fogg-Elliot. As for different Cambridge oars, they haven’t been excluded from the Vainness Truthful gallery. Mr. Muttlebury’s presentment was the final given, two or three years again. When Vainness Truthful was a Saturday paper, it usually gave one President on the day of the race. As a Thursday paper it has for the primary time this 12 months given two Presidents; one on either side of the race. Wherefore my amphibious correspondent is, or must be, already “obliged.”

However, had been he much less amphibious, he may need seen that Mr. Fogg-Elliot’s image was introduced for this week in final week’s Vainness Truthful.

By this time Vainness Truthful had misplaced a great deal of its cachet, each relative to the rising competitors and completely because of the departure of Bowles and his coterie. Evans and Witherby reacted by including girth to the product and interesting, with a contact of indignation, to readers’ model loyalty. “Right here,” touted the June 28, 1890 problem, “for the primary time within the historical past of this Journal, is a quantity of Vainness Truthful which accommodates greater than 570 pages. The half-yearly quantity, of which the current are the concluding pages, is, it could be famous, bigger by some 200 pages than most of its predecessors have been.” The expansion displays “the elevated assist which has been accorded to it by its readers,” regardless of competitors that usually “has grown greater than ever eager, . . . so keenly so, certainly, that in lots of circumstances the competitors of our rivals has developed into essentially the most barefaced piracy and essentially the most false originality.” But though the journal “has by no means lacked imitators, and of late years its distinctive options have been kind of usually copied by the entire of the day by day Press,” Vainness Truthful’s “‘little band of Pilgrims’ loved from the outset “constant overcome the difficulties which they began to defy, and which they’ve ever since, it could be stated with out vainness, triumphantly overcome.”

Evans ultimately offered out to Oliver Fry, “a journalist of the old fashioned, a person of schooling,” who finally was unable to make a monetary go of it. “There isn’t a place for such weeklies these days, for there is no such thing as a longer any governing class, solely wandering bands of financiers,” Edgar Jepson, Fry’s successor as editor, recalled in 1936.[29] Fry in flip offered out in 1907 to Frank Harris, a colourful character within the twilight of his profession who milked the franchise. Harris’ autobiography tells nothing of his views on rowing and rowers whereas he owned Vainness Truthful, however does recall how he coated the Boat Race for the Night Information within the 1880s:

In my first 12 months within the Night Information I realized and practiced practically each journalistic trick. When the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge was about to be determined, I came upon that the specialists normally know which crew would win. After all typically they’re mistaken, however very not often, and this 12 months all of them agreed it was a foregone conclusion for Oxford. Accordingly, on the good morning I had fifty thousand papers printed with ‘Oxford gained’ in huge letters below the most recent preliminary studies of the coaching, and so on. As quickly as the phone message got here by way of that Oxford had gained, I let the boys out and this begin enabled me to promote all of the fifty thousand papers. I did the identical factor with race after race on the turf and shortly it started to be identified that the Night Information had the earliest information of the races.[30]

When Harris purchased Vainness Truthful he promptly ran off to New York to commerce its affect on the British stock-buying public in alternate for Wall Avenue funding within the journal. The Individuals declined the provide, however Harris’ absence gave Jepson six months on the helm as interim editor. He made essentially the most of it:

It’s silly to attempt to edit a paper and not using a fastened coverage, and because it was the operate of a club-land weekly to maintain politics pure and politicians as much as their work and deal faithfully with every kind of rogues, I made it my coverage to run as close to to the regulation of libel as I probably might on a regular basis, and I caught to it. About an open rogue there was no have to hassle: I libelled him with precise truthfulness; he fired in a writ — as a pledge of fine religion I suppose; the matter ended. However to inform the reality a couple of much less open rogue with out touchdown the paper with a uncertain and costly libel motion was a really totally different matter.

However I had, within the workplace itself, an completed solicitor, a cousin of the Duchess of Manchester, who knew the whole lot in regards to the regulation of libel that was to be identified, and he was very useful. However typically, after I was coping with astute roguery of jobbery, it could take me two hours to say in ten traces precisely what I wanted to say about it, earlier than the solicitor would warrant the paragraph to not produce a libel motion, and I might safely do the rogue good. I learnt that you would say very practically something, should you stated it fastidiously.

It was gratifying, and it proved to be the best coverage, for the circulation of the paper, which had been sinking for years, rose and went on rising: individuals achieve this take pleasure in observing others achieved good to.[31]

Curiously, neither Jepson nor Harris used Vainness Truthful’s caricatures in assist of this near-libelous editorial coverage; the very level of caricature being, in spite of everything, to land that kind of truthful punch. “If the celebrities wrote their very own biographies,” Jepson recalled, “nicely and good: I used to be saved bother. If they didn’t, I lunched with them and listened to the histories of their lives, such easy lives, and wrote the biography myself.”[32]

Thomas Allinson, “Wholemeal Bread,” Vainness Truthful, October 4, 1911

Studying the March 13, 1907 biography of Duggie Stuart (“an incredible athlete . . . an oarsman of demoniac swiftness and ability”), one suspects it falls within the former class. However in line with Jepson Harris went one higher, auctioning the slots outright: “In the event you wished to be celebrated, you paid him fifty kilos for the drawing of your cartoon in Vainness Truthful, and there you had been — licensed well-known.”[33] R.H. Forster (July 6, 1910) and R.C. Bourne (March 29, 1911) featured on this interval. So did R.B. Etherington-Smith (August 5, 1908), however he appeared instantly after captaining Leander to victory on the London (Henley) Olympics, which lessens the possibility his biography was self-selected.

Jepson complained that Harris “frittered away the circulation, and the paper died, deeply in debt,” including that his “behavior of bleeding the papers he needed to do with, of any cash that got here in, paralyzed them, and exploitation was his metier.”[34] Possibly cheapness to authors explains the coincidence of Woodgate’s departure with Harris’ arrival. Vainness Truthful was hardly a enterprise when Harris offered out to its final proprietor, Dr. Thomas Allinson, in late 1911. In contrast to Harris, Allinson was no newspaper man; his pursuits lay in diet and hygiene, publishing such works as “The Benefits of Wholemeal Bread.” Underneath his administration the writing in Vainness Truthful suffered – witness each biography after 1911 – hardly the “mild, epigrammatic, pungent, and excessively neat” stuff on which Bowles made the journal’s fame over forty years earlier.[35] In early 1914, Allinson folded the remnants into Fireplace and Dwelling, bringing the establishment to an in depth.


  1. ^ For glorious common description of the origins, format, editors, and artists of Vainness Truthful, see E. Harris & R. Ormond, Vainness Truthful: An Exhibition of Unique Cartoons (London: Nationwide Portrait Gallery 1976) and R. Matthews & P. Mellini, In ‘Vainness Truthful (London: Scolar Press 1982), pp. 11-37. Matthews and Mellini additionally describe what occurred to Vainness Truthful’s unsold inventory, the assorted forms of prints, {the marketplace} for collectors (as of 1982), and site of main collections. See additionally Vainness Truthful caricatures.
  2. ^ A Journalist, Bohemian Days in Fleet Avenue, p. 69.
  3. ^ T.H.S. Escott, Masters of English Journalism: A Examine of Private Forces, p. 263.
  4. ^ L. Ward, Forty Years of Spy, p. 103.
  5. ^ M. Pemberton, Sixty Years In the past and After, p. 103.
  6. ^ The Rowing Almanack, 1921, pp. 148-49.
  7. ^ W.B. Woodgate, Reminiscences of an Previous Sportsman, p. 185.
  8. ^ W.B. Woodgate, p. 187.
  9. ^ The Rowing Almanack, 1921, p. 149.
  10. ^ T.A. Cook dinner, The Sunlit Hours, pp. 275-76.
  11. ^ W.B. Woodgate, p. 123.
  12. ^ G.C. Drinkwater & T.R.B. Sanders, The College Boat Race: Official Centenary Historical past, p. 88.
  13. ^ M. Pemberton, p. 104.
  14. ^ Vainness Truthful, January 16, 1869.
  15. ^ T.H.S. Escott, p. 263.
  16. ^ D. Low, British Cartoonists, Caricaturists, and Comedian Artists, p. 33.
  17. ^ Vainness Truthful, September 11, 1869.
  18. ^ Edmond de Goncourt’s Journal (1874), reprinted in M. Wentworth, “James Tissot: ‘cet etre complexe,’” in James Jacques Joseph Tissot p. 14 (Ok. Matyjaszkiewicz ed. 1985).
  19. ^ L. Ward, p. 70.
  20. ^ Ibid., p. 93.
  21. ^ Ibid., pp. 93-94. Solely as soon as did Ward use a reputation aside from “Spy” for Vainness Truthful. It was for the drawing of Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (March 8, 1900), made through the South African warfare whereas Ward was honeymooning in Monte Carlo. “[S]o anxious was the editor to publish a cartoon of Kruger that to check my powers of creativeness, and with the addition of an outline of his private look from one who knew him, I made it and despatched it in to the workplace,” signing it “Drawl” (for “L. Ward” in reverse). Ibid. p. 323.
  22. ^ D. Low, p. 33.
  23. ^ Ibid., p. 147.
  24. ^ Ibid., p. 231.
  25. ^ Ibid., p. 297.
  26. ^ M. Pemberton, p. 108.
  27. ^ Ibid., p. 330.
  28. ^ F. Rice, The Granta and Its Contributors, 1889-1914, p. 20.
  29. ^ E.A. Jepson, Reminiscences of an Edwardian, p. 107.
  30. ^ F. Harris, My Life and Loves, p. 331.
  31. ^ E.A. Jepson, pp. 110-11.
  32. ^ Ibid., pp. 115-16.
  33. ^ Ibid., p. 117. T.W.H. Crosland, who labored for Harris’ Vainness Truthful in 1907, “additionally stated that for a sum of cash paid in money or notes to Mr. Harris virtually any Tom, Dick or Harry might have his counterfeit presentment drawn by Mr. Leslie Ward and revealed in Vainness Truthful. . . .” W.S. Brown, The Life and Genius of T.W.H. Crosland, p. 205.
  34. ^ E.A. Jepson, p. 112.
  35. ^ A Journalist, Bohemian Days in Fleet Avenue, p. 70.

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