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A General Group - A Spy Boer War Chromolithograph, 1900
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A General Group - A Spy Boer War Chromolithograph, 1900

Measurements: Overall: 43cm (17in) x 57cm (22.5in)

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Spy’s take on the Anglo-Boer War British Generals published in a supplement to Vanity Fair on 29 November 1900 Left to right: Colonel Plumer, Lt-Gen. Sir Archibald Hunter, Maj-Gen. Sir Hector Macdonald, Lt-Gen. Sir Redves Buller, Maj-Gen. R. Baden-Powell, Field Marshall Lord Roberts, Maj-Gen. Lord Dundonald, Lt-Gen. Sir Herbert Kitchener, Maj-Gen. Sir Reginald Pole Carew, Maj-Gen. Sir Frederick Carrington, Lt-Gen. Sir George White and Maj-Gen. Sir John French.

Sir Leslie Matthew Ward (1851-1922) painted 1,325 caricature portraits for Vanity Fair magazine over four decades under the pseudonyms ‘Spy’ and ‘Drawl’. Such were produced as watercolours and turned into chromolithographs for publication in the magazine. These were also reproduced on better paper and sold as prints.

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