C1900

"Ossie" [Captain Oswald Henry Ames]

Vanity Fair caricature of Captain Oswald Henry Ames by Spy. Oswald Henry Ames, who was 6 feet 8 3/4 inches was the tallest man in the British Army. He served first in the 4th Bedford Regiment, then the 5th Dragoon … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

“Ossie” [Captain Oswald Henry Ames]

Date:

C1900

Condition:

Small tear at top margin and very small one at lower sheet edge, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 353mm

Paper Size: 

250mm 
x 370mm
AUTHENTICITY
"Ossie" [Captain Oswald Henry Ames] - Antique Print from 1900

Genuine antique
dated:

1900

Description:

Vanity Fair caricature of Captain Oswald Henry Ames by Spy.

Oswald Henry Ames, who was 6 feet 8 3/4 inches was the tallest man in the British Army. He served first in the 4th Bedford Regiment, then the 5th Dragoon Guards, and transferred to the 2nd Life Guards as a Lieutenant in 1884. He achieved the ranks of Captain in 1892 and Major in 1902, retiring in 1906 but remaining on the Reserve List of officers. Soon after the outbreak of war in 1914 Major Ames rejoined the 2nd Life Guards and was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel later that year to command the Reserve Regiment. He gave up his command in 1916 and died in 1927 at the age of 65. Lieutenant-Colonel Ames is chiefly remembered, not only for his height, but because he led the Queen’s procession to St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee Service on 22 June 1897.

From the original edition of Vanity Fair.

Collections:
National Portrait Gallery (London) NPG D44792

SPY - Leslie Matthew Ward (1851 - 1922)

SPY - Leslie Matthew Ward (1851-1922) Ward was a British portrait artist and caricaturist who over four decades painted 1,325 portraits which were regularly published by Vanity Fair under their pseudonyms. Such was his influence in the genre that all Vanity Fair caricatures are sometimes referred to as "Spy Cartoons" regardless of who the artist actually was. Early portraits, almost always full-length (judges at the bench being the main exception), had a stronger element of caricature and usually distorted the proportions of the body, with a very large head and upper body supported on much smaller lower parts. Later, as he became socially accepted in the society in which he moved to gain access to his subjects, and not wishing to cause offence, his style developed into what he called 'characteristic portraits', being less of a caricature and more of an actual portrait of the subject, using realistic body proportions.

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