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"Dan" (Sir Daniel Cooper) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), (1890s)

Sir Leslie Ward

chromolithograph on paper (sheet: 37.5 cm x 23.3 cm)

Sir Daniel Cooper (1821–1902), merchant and philanthropist, came to Australia in 1843 and went into a mercantile business with his brother in law. He later took over the business, Cooper Bros, reputed to be ‘the most extensive mercantile house in the Australian colonies’. Cooper inherited further wealth and became a substantial landowner with properties around Sydney (including a £50,000 mansion at Point Piper) and stations in western New South Wales. He was a member of the first NSW Legislative Assembly in 1856 and was its first Speaker. He left Australia permanently for England in 1861.

Sir Leslie Ward, who signed his work ‘Spy’, was the most famous of the stable of caricaturists, including Sir Max Beerbohm and Carlo Pellegrini, who worked for the weekly English magazine Vanity Fair from 1869 to 1914. Ward drew nearly half of the 2387 caricatures published in Vanity Fair over the 45-year span of the magazine.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald A Walker 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Accession number: 2009.104

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Artist and subject

Sir Leslie Ward (age 39 in 1890)

Sir Daniel Cooper (age 69 in 1890)

Donated by

Ronald Walker (23 portraits)

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"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

Vanity fair

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2012

Ashleigh Wadman rediscovers the Australian characters represented with a kindly touch by the British portrait artist Leslie Ward for the society magazine Vanity Fair.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.