John Franks, who died in May 2017, once said of his Vanity Fair collection ‘it became quite an addiction’. It was an addiction that contributed to a life-long fascination, a deep knowledge and a significant collection. John Franks had a legal background: he served for twenty-four years on the Council of the Law Society and was Chairman of a publicly quoted company, a major charitable trust and the disciplinary Committee of Architects. He was author of The Company Director and the Law, first published in 1973.
He bought his first Vanity Fair album in the 1950s and collected a significant collection of original watercolours. The watercolours were sold by Christie’s South Kensington in December 2005. As that sale catalogue stated ‘he has decided to sell these original watercolour caricatures and retain his print collection, one of the most significant in private hands.’
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