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Alfred Bryan (Charles William Grineau) (1852-1899)

Charles William Grineau, known as ‘Alfred Bryan’ (1852-1899)

One of the most outstanding cartoonists of the late nineteenth century, Alfred Bryan was particularly admired by Max Beerbohm. He began his career in the carly 1870s, working for
Judy as both political cartoonist and theatrical caricaturist. He then contributed to Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday, which was founded in 1884 in order to develop the most potent of Judy's characters. His best known work comprised theatrical caricatures for Entr'Acte, weekly cartoons as 'our Captious Critic' for the Illustrated and Sporting News, and political cartoons as Chief Cartoonist of Moonshine. He also contributed to the Hornet, the Idler and the Christmas number of the World, and illustrated a number of sheet-music covers. His son was the painter and printmaker Bryan de Grineau, and he numbered James Aleck Shepherd among his pupils. He died in London on 17 May 1899.

His work is represented in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Brighton Art Gallery.

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