Antique Caricature Print, Vanity Fair, Framed Chromolithograph, Leon Gambetta, Statesmen 127, Oct 19 1872, Home Decor, Wall Art, Red & Black


The framed and matted Vanity Fair Leon Gambetta caricature cartoon chromolithograph print is in good to very good condition. While signs of age and distress are showing on the frame and glass, the Vanity Fair caricature print along with its surrounding red mat appear to be very well preserved. According to references, from 1869 to 1914 Vanity Fair commissioned a total of 271 caricature cartoon portraits done by a total of twenty-four different artists. Each caricature cartoon would then be reproduced as a chromolithograph and circulated in that particular Vanity Fair magazine. The information on this collectible caricature cartoon print has "Vanity Fair" with a date of "Oct. 19, 1872" at the top with "No. 207." and "Statesmen, No. 127." at the bottom with "He devoured France with activity" just below. The subject in this caricature cartoon was Leon Gambetta who would eventually serve a very short term as the 37th Prime Minister of France from November 1881 to January 1882. Leon Gambetta (1838 - 1882) was approximately 44 years old when artist Charles Auguste Loye completed this caricature portrait in London, England. The October 19th, 1872 Vanity Fair magazine was published a couple of months after the Secret Ballot Act was passed earlier in August. Leon Gambetta was an important figure in changing the way elections were held. Before 1872, if an employee voted contrary to the liking of the employer, they could be fired for not agreeing with their "boss". Furthermore, Leon Gambella was such a pivotal figure in France that he would eventually be considered the leader of a new and "radical" third party that considered democracy to be of extreme importance - the party of the Republicans.

While the chromolithograph caricature print in this listing is a reproduction, it is almost certainly over 100 years old. According to references, while chromolithography was invented circa 1796, it was not until the latter part of the 19th century that the process would enjoy its heyday. Chromolithography was extremely popular from the 1870's to the 1890's. However, in circa 1900 Chromolithography would be used mainly for cigar labels and posters. Hence, the limited popularity of Chromolithography along with the fact that Vanity Fair would go on to produce caricature cartoon portraits for their magazines for another 42 years helps to limit the time of this reproduction to sometime after October 1872 and almost certainly before the early 1900's. While it is hard to be absolutely certain concerning its production method and date, under magnification, the print is very consistent with chromolithography. Even more, the size is practically the same as one in a national gallery. In addition, when tested with a blacklight, the paper does not fluoresce. In the late 1940's, paper manufacturers began adding optical brighteners to their paper which in turn would cause it to fluoresce brightly under a blacklight. Hence, the lack of fluoresce on the medium of this caricature cartoon print provides evidence that it was almost certainly made prior to the late 1940's. Along with this, under magnification, the brown covering on the back is consistent with much older paper. Finally, according to references, the black plastic-like covering over the inner wooden frame is consistent with a much older age.

Please note that screen resolution and/or original lighting could cause the colors to appear lighter or darker than actual. Also, the coffee mug in the photos is not included with this listing as it was used for scale purposes only. In addition, it is important to note that while the frame can be mounted to a wall using the two holes that are already in the frame, it might be preferable to add wall-hanging hardware on the back.

There are areas of distress along with a surface chip on the black exterior covering (top left) of the wooden frame. Also, there are two mounting holes in the frame - one in the center of the top and one in the center of the bottom. Other than this, there are no breaks, cracks, chips, water damages, bad odors, or repair places on this framed Vanity Fair cartoon caricature. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub marks on this framed artwork - mainly in the form of distress and age on the exterior. Also, there are some particles of dust and tiny debris behind the glass. In addition, there is a cloudy appearance between the glass and matting. While the intact back covering does show signs of wear, age, and distress, it could be removed and the interior cleaned. However, it is sometimes much more preferable to leave original coverings intact.

The decorative possibilities for this framed and matted Vanity Fair caricature chromolithograph print are many. The entryway or study would be enhanced by the addition of this collectible Vanity Fair print. Also, the open collectibles shelf or accent table would welcome this incredibly unique cartoon caricature for its Victorian-era charm and historical European cultural context. In addition, the growing art collection would increase in value and interest upon the arrival of this framed Vanity Fair caricature cartoon print.

The collector will appreciate this framed and matted Vanity Fair chromolithograph print for its good to very good condition, apparent older age, intact back covering, historical European cultural context, Victorian-era charm, and rich color palette.

The framed and matted Vanity Fair chromolithograph print weighs 43.2 oz.

The framed and matted Vanity Fair Leon Gambetta caricature chromolithograph print measures approximately 18 7/8" tall x 12 15/16" wide x 5/8" deep.

The actual opening of the chromolithograph measures approximately 13.75" tall x 8" wide (according to references, the actual size of the chromolithograph print measures 14 1/8" x 9.5" paper size).

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Antique Caricature Print Vanity Fair Framed Chromolithograph Leon Gambetta Statesmen 127 Oct 19 1872 Home Decor Wall Art Red & Black

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