Vanity Fair (British magazine)

Vanity Fair was the title of a British magazine, published from 1868 to 1914.

The magazine with the subtitle " A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares" was founded in 1868 by journalist Thomas Gibson Bowles. They dealt with the representation of public figures and celebrities of the Victorian age. In addition, subjects in the fields of politics, fashion, literature and theater as well as current scandals and affairs were taken.

Many articles have been written by Bowles himself under pseudonyms, but also famous writers such as Lewis Carroll and PG Wodehouse wrote articles. The magazine was known for its full-page portraits and caricatures of important personalities.

After prolonged financial difficulties the magazine in the spring of 1914 has been set.

Selection of cartoons published

Mansur Ali Khan of Bengal by Alfred Thompson, edition dated April 16, 1870

William Thomson, Archbishop of York by Carlo Pellegrini, edition dated June 24, 1871

Charles Darwin by James Tissot, edition dated September 30, 1871

Alexandre Dumas of Théobald Chartran, edition dated December 27, 1879

Paul Kruger by Leslie Ward, edition dated March 8, 1900

Otto von Bismarck, by James Tissot, edition dated October 15, 1870

William Spooner, namesake of the Spoonerismus

  • Antiquarian Journal (United Kingdom)
  • First publication in 1868
  • Posted in 1914