Antique Prints

Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

An extract of our prints currently available:
Vanity Fair history
Red Robe Judges
Eminent Legal personages
Eminent Medical personages
Fine Art
British Paintings in oil
Antique Maps
Omnium Gatherum
Specialty Services


Vanity Fair was founded in 1868 by Thomas Gibson Bowles, the natural son of Thomas Milner Gibson, a prominent liberal politician, whose wife (Susannah) Arethusa held regular fashionable salons. It was in this environment that the young Bowles had the opportunity to mix with newspaper men, politicians, actors, authors, bohemians and artists. In 1865 he was introduced to professional journalism by Algernon Borthwick, later Lord Glenesk, then editor of the Morning Post. Bowles' wrote for the Tomahawk, a primarily a satirical publication and its success as a rival to Punch resulted from the ‘daring and originality’ of its full-page cartoons. Financial complications led to its closure in 1870, but Bowles was able to combine the merits of this paper and his advantageous social connections to create his own publication. The decision to publish in quarto dimensions with eight to ten pages per issue gave Vanity Fair an instant identity and set it apart from other satirical magazines.

The first edition was published on 7 November 1868 –Bowles maintained tight control of the operation. He wrote much of the text himself under the pseudonym ‘Jehu Junior’, and engaged regular contributors instead of members of staff. These individuals were selected from fashionable sets for their social as much as their literary qualifications. Indeed, Vanity Fair was a journal written by and for the Victorian and Edwardian Establishment, a magazine for those ‘in the know’.

On 16 January 1869, Bowles promised his readers ‘Some Pictorial Wares of an entirely novel character’ and two weeks later appeared a full-page caricature of Benjamin Disraeli by Carlo Pellegrini, using the pseudonym ‘Singe’ (shortly afterwards anglicized to ‘Ape’). It was reproduced by Vincent Brooks  – an expensive and highly regarded lithographer. This was the first of over 2,300 caricatures to be published by Vanity Fair.

At this date, colour lithography combined with portrait caricature was unprecedented in England. Vanity Fair’s illustrations, instantly recognizable in terms of style and size, led to a rapid increase in demand for the magazine. It gradually became a mark of honour to be the ‘victim’ of one of its numerous caricaturists. Bowles’s witty accompanying texts, full of insights and innuendoes, certainly contributed towards the popularity of these images.

Sir Leslie Matthew Ward (21 November 1851 – 15 May 1922 London) was a British portrait artist and caricaturist who over four decades painted 1,325 portraits which were regularly published by Vanity Fair under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl". The portraits were produced as watercolours and turned into chromolithographs for publication in the magazine. These were then usually reproduced on better paper and sold as prints. 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. Other artists included Max Beerbohm, Carlo Pellegrini [Singe & Ape], Melchiorre Delfico, J.J. Tissot [Coïdé] and Thomas Nast.

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.


Red Robe Judges

These famous images are highly collectable amid the legal and judicial profession, regardless of their time period, they are are often seen gracing the walls of legal offices in films or made for TV movies today. Technically they are Chromolithographs and are presented within a either a grey or russet black core matt with line grove, glazed, smart 'antiqued' brushed gilt-wood frame

Published by Vincent Brooks  Day & Son,  London.
Image: Each 12 ¾  x 7 ½" approx.  (32.4 x19 cm)  Frame:19 ¼ x 13"  

Spy Gentle Manners Sir F. North

'gentle manners' The Hon, Sir Ford North
(Red Robed, perriwigged, standing.  With text) - Spy  Oct 29th. 1887 
Ref. (160) MZ2 / DNN/ o.andv> RNN  PRICE CODE B

'Mr. Justice Grantham'  The Hon. Sir William Grantham
(Red Robed, perriwigged, standing.  with text) - Spy  March 15th. 1890  
Ref. (160) MZ3 /DNN / o.andv>  RNN   PRICE CODE B


One of the family

'One of the Family' The Hon. Sir Charles Pollack 
(Red Robed, short wigged  seated. with text) - Quiz  Aug 9th.1890     
Ref. (160) MZ1 / DNN/ o.andv> RNN PRICE CODE B

Eminent Legal Personages


"Benevolence on the bench" The Hon. Sir Alfred Wills 
(wigged & gowned) - Spy.  June 25 1896 
 Ref. (160) MZ7 / LN / o.andv>DNN  PRICE CODE A

bob sir r. romer

'Bob'  The Hon.Sir Robert Romer
(wigged & gowned)  - Stuff. Dec. 12th. 1891                 
Ref. (160) MZ5 / LN / o.andv>DNN    PRICE CODE A

a future judge

"A Future Judge" Mr John Walter Huddleston Q.C. M.P.
(wigged & gowned,  standing Barrister) - Ape. Feb. 28  1874       
Ref. (160) MZ6 / LN / o.andv>DNN    PRICE CODE A



'Ulsterman KC.' Mr. Robert Alfred Mc Call, K.C.
(wigged & gowned,with text) - Spy. Nov. 19th.  1903  
Ref. (160) MZ4 / LN / o.andv>DNN  PRICE CODE A

Irish lawyer

"an Irish Lawyer"   Lord Morris of Spiddal 
(top hat, standing, with text) - Spy. Sept 14th. 1890  
Ref. (160) MZ8 / RN / o.andv>DNN    PRICE CODE A

Eminent Medical personages

powell spy shests

'Chests'  Sir Richard Douglas Powell K.C.V.O.,MD.,F.R.C.P.,M.R.C.S.
 Men of the Day # 915 (Glazed & Framed)  - Spy April 28th. 1904 with text.
“He probably knows more about chests with all their misfortunes than any other living man.”
Ref.AR 11 (124)/dl/ l.andl >EN SOLD   PRICE CODE A

spy profVirchow

'Cellular Pathology' Prof. Rudolf Virchow
Pathologist & Anthropologist (Glazed & Framed) -Spy May 25th. 1890 

He is known as "the father of modern pathology" because his work helped to discredit humourism  bringing more science to medicine. He is also known as the founder of social medicine and veterinary pathology, and to his colleagues, the "Pope of medicine".
Ref.AR 12(124)/dl/ l.andl >EN SOLD  PRICE CODE A

Lib Jockeys

      The Winning Post   ( 8 named aclaimed jockeys approaching the finishing post, ) J.Osborne,Tom Cannon, J. Watts, J.Webb, F. Barrett, W.Robinson, P.Rickaby

Sheet size 15 1/2 x 21"- 'Lib' Libero Prosperi. Dec 8 1888
Ref. AR 89(124)/dl/ l.andl >VL  PRICE CODE A

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