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Subjects of Vanity Fair caricatures

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Scope of the Project

This project is to identify profiles who were subjects of Vanity Fair caricatures and attach an image of the caricature to the relevant profiles. The profiles themselves will not be attached to the project, just the image of the caricature.

Each subject of a caricature listed below is attributed as follows:

  • Date of Publication
  • Name of Subject
  • Caricature caption

Each caricature has been attributed in the same manner. Links the identified Geni profile and caricature are provided.

Note: Due to constraints with the size of a Geni Project Description it has been necessary to restructure the project. Separate projects have been defined for particular years following the same structure of the lists on Wikipedia.


A full-page, colour lithograph of a contemporary celebrity or dignitary appeared in most issues, and it is for these caricatures that Vanity Fair is best known then and today. Subjects included artists, athletes, royalty, statesmen, scientists, authors, actors, soldiers, religious personalities, business people and scholars. More than two thousand of these images appeared, and they are considered the chief cultural legacy of the magazine, forming a pictorial record of the period. They were produced by an international group of artists, including Max Beerbohm, Sir Leslie Ward (who signed his work "Spy" and "Drawl"), the Italians Carlo Pellegrini ("Singe" and "Ape"), Melchiorre Delfico ("Delfico") and Liborio Prosperi ("Lib"), the French artist James Jacques Tissot (Coïdé), and the American Thomas Nast.


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