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"Phil" May (Philip William May, 1864-1903), 5 original drawings, pen and ink.
1864. Original pen and ink sketches c.1893-1897 Excellent condition, preserved by James Stevens Cox F.S.A. "Phil" May (Philip William May, 1864-1903), Five original drawings, c. 1893-1897 Phil May was an English caricaturist who, with his vigorous economy of line, played an important role in moving away from Victorian styles of illustration towards the creation of the modern humorous cartoon. His other original works can be found in the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the leading galleries of the USA, Canada and Australia. Widely regarded as the forefather of the modern satirical cartoon, Phil May has become a highly collectible and sought after artist. He spent time in Australia, New York and of course, London where his work appeared in Punch, St Stephen's Review and The Graphic, giving him celebrity status and launching his own annuals. These unique original sketches perfectly demonstrate the mastery of line and judicious number of strokes for which he has become legendary. Two are inscribed with evidence of publication: 'Cheek!' Phil May's Illustrated Winter Annual, 1900-1901, p.72 and 'Poker' Phil May's "Graphic" Pictures, p.4 The drawings are in remarkable condition for their age with only minimal signs of foxing, as seen in the photographs. This is due to the noted book-collector James Stevens Cox's (F.S.A.) excellent custodianship, a provenance which will be documented with the sale. [Pen and inks, three on artist's board, all signed 'Phil May' or initialed, three dated, various sizes approx. between 145mm x 120mm (5 ¾ x 4 ¾ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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