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The British weekly magazine Vanity Fair ran from1869 to 1914 ‘A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Ware’ founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles. The magazine provided articles about fashion, current affairs, art, literature, social events and the latest scandals. It also contained caricatures of the ‘celebrities’ of the day, often Parliamentarians These images are extremely important in providing a pictorial record of politics and culture of the time and are therefore a very important part of the Parliamentary Art Collection. Within the Collection are prints by Spy, Coide, Ape, Lib and other political caricaturists of the day and feature key political figures from the 18th and 19th centuries.