|Artist||Spy [Sir Leslie Ward]|
|Published||Vanity Fair, April 1st, 1897|
|Dimensions||Image 330 x 195 mm, Sheet 405 x 275 mm|
Full length portrait of Gilbert Jordan a track and field athlete and rower who was part of Oxford University Athletics Club. He is depicted wearing an O.U.A.C navy blazer.
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.