Original Vanity Fair chromolithograph published in 1905 showing John Roberts. Signed in the plate by Spy [Sir Leslie Ward].
Caption below print: “The champion of 1885”. Vincent Brooks, Day & Son, Ltd. Lith.
Image measures ca. 7 x 12 inches (18.5 x 30.0cm); Overall page size ca. 10 x 15 inches (25 x 37cm).
John Roberts Jr (15th August 1847 - 23rd December 1919) was the second champion of the English Billiards Association, holding the title in 1870, 1871, from 1875 to 1877, and finally in 1885. Roberts was personally involved in the codification of the Rules of Billiards in 1885, and consolidated his position as champion by defeating long-term rival William Cook.
The print shows the corner of the table and pocket. Billiard ball.
Vanity Fair was a British weekly magazine published from 1868 to 1914. Subtitled "A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares", it was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, who aimed to expose the contemporary vanities of Victorian society. A full-page, color lithograph of a contemporary celebrity or dignitary appeared in most issues, and it is for these caricatures that Vanity Fair is best known today. These prints are often referred to as "Spy Cartoons" after Leslie Ward, perhaps Vanity Fair's most prolific and celebrated cartoonist, who usually signed his works "Spy".
Excellent condition, suitable for framing. The margins around the print are adequate for matting/mounting.
Purchased in: UK.
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Billiards player (John Roberts), Vanity Fair chromolithograph caricature, 1905. "Man of the Day", signed Spy in the plate.