Clement King Shorter

Via Flickr:Original Vanity Fair Print, otherwise known as a Spy Print after the most renowned artist of the genre, Leslie Ward.

This colour lithograph is dated 20th December 1894 with the caption Three Editors

The subject is Mr. Clement King Shorter , a renowned Newspaperman of the Victorian Era.

Shorter s career in journalism began in 1888, when he began working as a sub-editor for the Penny Illustrated Paper. At that time, he was also writing for The Star, a weekly column about books. By 1890, he had resigned his clerical position at Somerset House, to focus solely on his journalistic endeavors.An important influence on the English pictorial press, in 1891 he became editor of the Illustrated London News. By 1893, he had founded and edited Sketch. In 1900, he founded Sphere, which he edited up until his death in 1926. During this time, Shorter maintained writing his controversial weekly column, A Literary Letter. He described the content of the two papers he edited during this time, first, The Sphere, and shortly thereafter, The Tatler, as on more frivolous lines.In addition to founding Sketch and The Sphere, he was also the founder of The Tatler. source – Wikipedia.

The artist signed SPY was Leslie Ward.

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