Eduard Strauss by Carlo Pellegrini


Eduard Strauss


Carlo Pellegrini

Ref GM386
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm)
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This irreverent portrait is one of the famed caricatures of Vanity Fair, a magazine which ushered in a new era of witty and unflinching satire. The first issue appeared on November 7, 1868, with a statement of purpose by its editor, Thomas Gibson Bowles, declaring that the magazine would “display the vanities of the week, without ignoring or disguising the fact that they are vanities, but keeping always in mind that in the buying and selling of them there is to be made a profit of Truth.” Over the next four and a half decades, more than 2,000 caricatures appeared in the magazine, covering personages from nearly every section of society: artists, athletes, statesmen and scholars all experienced the sharp treatment of Vanity Fair’s brilliant artists. This portrait was executed by the cartoonist Eardley Norton (“EBN”), in 1895, when the magazine was at the height of its popularity. The subject, Eduard Strauss, was a suitably grand personage to be featured on these impertinent pages. The son of Johann Strauss I, he, together with his two brothers, made his family into perhaps the foremost musical dynasty in the world. After a successful career as a composer, in which he achieved prominence with the quick polka, he was assailed by personal setbacks in the 1890s, and retired in 1901. He lived a private life in retirement until his death in 1916.