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Frederick Drummond Niblett ('Nibs')
‘THE RT HON WINSTON CHURCHILL: WHEN THE NEXT ELECTION CAME THEY WOULD APPEAL TO THE ELECTORS AND DEFEND FREE TRADE AND TO RESCUE THE LAND OF BRITAIN FROM THE LORDS’
400 by 254mm., bodycolour and ink, signed and dated ’07, inscribed with title below mount, signed and inscribed with artist’s address on reverse, mounted, framed and glazed, some minor craquelure
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Provenance

EXHIBITED:
‘The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1837-2015’, Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2015-January 2016, no 80

Literature

The Crown: The Court and County Families Newspaper, 1907; R.T. Matthews and P. Mellini, Vanity Fair (London, 2001) pages 67 and 68, and colour plate 64

Catalogue Note

Niblett, or ‘Nibs’, is best known for his caricature of W.L.S. Churchill, MP, which appeared in Vanity Fair in 1911. However, four years earlier, the present image of Churchill was published in The Crown: The Court and Country Families Newspaper. Possibly only the second published caricature of Churchill by any artist (the first, by ‘Spy’, appearing in Vanity Fair in 1900), it is certainly more striking than Nibs’ later drawing and more representative of his emphatic ‘poster’ style. It is virtually unknown because of the scarcity of surviving copies of the short-lived periodical in which it first appeared. The drawing records a speech Winston Churchill gave on 18 May 1907, before 3,000 members of the Scottish Liberal Association at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer

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