|Artist||Spy [Sir Leslie Ward]|
|Published||Vanity Fair Supplement, 28 September, 1910|
|Dimensions||Image 330 x 195 mm, Sheet 405 x 275 mm|
'Men of the Day. No. 1246. "Science and Invention."'
Full length portrait of William Speirs Simpson. Simpson was born in Renfrew Scotland 1845. He attended Glasgow University and was a specialist in Metallurgy, especially welding.
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.