|Artist||Spy [Sir Leslie Ward]|
|Published||Vanity Fair, February 26, 1876|
|Dimensions||Image 330 x 195 mm, Sheet 405 x 275 mm|
Full length portrait Benjamin Jowett (1817 – 1893), renowned as an influential tutor and reformer in the University of Oxford, a theologian and translator of Plato and Thucydides. He was Master of Balliol College from 1870–1893 and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1882–1886.
Benjamin Jowett found a friend in Florence Nightingale, but whether there was any romantic attachment is unclear. It has been suggested that he proposed marriage, but was rejected.
Sir Leslie Matthew Ward (1851 – 1922) was a British portrait artist and caricaturist who over four decades painted 1,325 portraits which were regularly published by Vanity Fair, under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl". Such was his influence in the genre that all Vanity Fair caricatures are sometimes referred to as "Spy Cartoons" regardless of who the artist actually was. The portraits were produced as watercolours and turned into chromolithographs for publication in the magazine. These were then usually reproduced on better paper and sold as prints.