Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston (1851-1926): “The Kent Gang”

Carlo ("Ape") Pellegrini (1839 - 1889)

Chromolithograph

26 September 1885
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Home Office, 2 Marsham Street
  • About the artist
    Carlo Pellegrini, born in Capua, in Italy, was descended from an aristocratic family. He was just five feet two inches, with a large head and small feet. He became a popular figure of Neapolitan society, producing humorous caricatures of friends, despite apparently having no artistic training. In 1860 he joined the forces of Garibaldi and fought against the Bourbons. He then left Italy, arriving in London in 1864, where he joined the Prince of Wales’ set. His first illustration for ‘Vanity Fair’ was commissioned by T. G. Bowles in 1868 and he continued to work for Bowles under the ‘nom de crayon’ Ape. Influenced by Whistler, he unsuccessfully attempted to paint portraits. He produced 332 ‘Vanity Fair’ caricatures before his death, aged 49.
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  • Details
    Title
    Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston (1851-1926): “The Kent Gang”
    Date
    26 September 1885
    Medium
    Chromolithograph
    Acquisition
    Purchased 1992
    GAC number
    15959