|Spy [Sir Leslie Ward]
|Vanity Fair, Sept 3, 1892
|Image 330 x 195 mm, Sheet 405 x 275 mm
Full length portrait of Clement Nugent Jackson (1846 – 1924), a British athlete, academic and athletics administrator. Born in Simla, India, Jackson was a talented hurdler winning the hurdles at the fourth Varsity Sports in 1867, with a time of 17.8s, later improved to 16.0s, a British record and thought to be a World Record though there were no official records to prove this at the time. He had to retire early from competing due to cutting his foot on an oyster shell whilst running.
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.