Bishop of Peterborough William Connor Magee antique print


Bishop of Peterborough William Connor Magee antique print. Caricature by Ape from Vanity Fair, published 1869. Paper measures approx. 13.75 x 9.25 inches. Conservation repair to tears at base, otherwise a clean print. Supplied with original text. Price shown is ex VAT

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Bishop of Peterborough William Connor Magee antique print, published in Vanity Fair, July 3 1869. William Connor Magee (17 December 1821 – 5 May 1891) educated at Kilkenny College, he entered Trinity College, Dublin with a scholarship at thirteen years of age. He was an Irish clergyman of the Anglican church, Bishop of Peterborough 1868–1891 and Archbishop of York for a short period in 1891. The Bishop of Peterborough is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese covers the counties of Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The see is in the City of Peterborough, where the bishop’s seat (cathedra) is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew. The bishop’s residence is Bishop’s Lodging at The Palace in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The office has been in existence since the foundation of the diocese on 4 September 1541 under King Henry VIII. Vanity Fair was a British weekly magazine published from 1868 to 1914. Subtitled “A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares”, it was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, who aimed to expose the contemporary vanities of Victorian society. A full-page, colour lithograph of a contemporary celebrity or dignitary appeared in most issues, and it is for these caricaturesthat Vanity Fair is best known then and today. Subjects included artists, athletes, royalty, statesmen, scientists, authors, actors, soldiers, religious personalities, business people and scholars. More than two thousand of these images appeared, and they are considered the chief cultural legacy of the magazine, forming a pictorial record of the period. They were produced by an international group of artists, including Max Beerbohm, Sir Leslie Ward (who signed his work “Spy” and “Drawl”), the Italians Carlo Pellegrini(“Singe” and “Ape”), Melchiorre Delfico (“Delfico”), Liborio Prosperi (“Lib”), the Florentine artist and critic Adriano Cecioni, the French artist James Jacques Tissot (Coïdé), and the American Thomas Nast.

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