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A framed golf chromolithograph, published March 5, 1892 by Vanity Fair. The picture is titled “Mr. John Ball, junior”.
When first published in the weekly additions of Vanity Fair each caricature would come with an amusing biography. The original John Ball picture was drawn by ‘Lib’, the Italian Libero Prosperi.
Vanity Fair was published in London from 1869 to 1914, and each magazine would contain a loose print of a caricature painted by various artists. The most famous artist who worked for Vanity Fair for 40 years until it ceased publication in 1914 was ‘Spy’. ‘Spy’ was Sir Leslie Ward (1851 – 1922) and he was the grandson of the well-known horse-painter James Ward. Sir Leslie Ward is best known as an artist working in oil, water-colour and black-and-white, although he also studied architecture. ‘Spy’ achieved notoriety by his painting and cartoons of public figures in VF and his works all contain the signature ‘SPY’. His works were also published in the supplements, the most well known being ‘Men of the Day’. By 1890 the leading amateur golfing personalities were thought enough of to be included into this title. Eight golfers were subjects portrayed in the Vanity Fair series, the twice-Amateur Champion Horace Hutchinson being the first. Second in 1892 was John Ball, who that year won the third of his eight Amateur Championships. In 1903 there was “Muir” and “Hoylake”. In 1906 saw another Amateur Champion in “North Berwick”. Also in 1906 saw the inclusion of professional golfers as ‘Men of the Day’, with “John Henry” being the first and the following year “Jimmy”. “The Prince of Princes’” was the final golfer in Vanity Fair in 1909 although ‘Spy’ was also to portray the future Prime Minister with a golf club in hand for The World magazine.
They say if major championships are the yardstick, no British player of any generation matches John Ball. He was 26 when he took his first title in 1888, and was in his 51st year when the eighth came his way in 1912.
|Height||12.50 inch||(31.75 cm)|
|Width||7.50 inch||(19.05 cm)|
|External Height||20.25 inch||(51.43 cm)|
|External Width||14.00 inch||(35.56 cm)|
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