Jean Baptiste Guth Biography

A French painter and caricaturist, Jean Baptiste Guth first came to England in 1883. His first portrait for 'Vanity Fair' was produced in 1889, and until 1908, he was a regular contributor to the publication. In general, Jean Baptiste Guth's portraits are more studied and less satirical than any other 'Vanity Fair' artist. For this reason, some of the most important turn-of-the-century subjects were given to his hand, such as his famous portrait of Queen Victoria, the commander of the French Fleet, Vice - Admiral Caillard, and his studies of other leading dignitaries.

Vanity Fair: The historic first issue of Vanity Fair was published in London on November 7, 1868. Founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, the purpose of this ambitious weekly publication was to expose contemporary vanities and those responsible for them. Each issue contained a full page, original colour lithographic portrayal of a popular sovereign, statesmen or man of the day, caricatured in the smooth and good-natured manner which became renowned as the 'Vanity Fair Style'. Working under the pseudonyms of 'Spy' and 'Ape', two artists in particular became notorious for their portrayals, although many other important artists, including Max Beerbohm, Tissot, 'Quiz', 'WH', and Sickert worked for the publication on a regular basis and contributed some of its greatest art.

   The last issue of Vanity Fair was published in 1914. Through its forty-five year history, it produced the definitive caricatures of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. collectors of these fine, original prints have always been numerous. In recent years, prices for these fascinating caricatures have dramatically increased, particularly for the more desirable examples