The Vanity Fair Portrait

by Adriano Cecioni (1836-1886)

Vanity Fair portrait - small

Vanity Fair issued its portraits each week as a separate folded sheet loose inside the periodical. These are usually damaged and of little interest today. However, it also published an annual collection of the year's caricatures together with separate page of information about the character. This copy of the portrait, which was originally issued with the edition of Saturday 3 February 1872, is taken from one of these books.
Adriano Cecioni was an Italian painter and sculptor, born and died in Florence and one of the 'macchiaioli' which included Giovanni Fattori, Rafaello Sernesi, and Vincenzo Cabianca. The text accompanying the portrait
Wilkie's life at the time
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