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Judicial Politeness The Rt Hon Sir C S C Bowen

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)



Watercolour and bodycolour

12 x 10 inches

Vanity Fair, 12 March 1892

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 40

After being called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1861, Charles Synge Christopher Bowen first rose to prominence as part of the prosecution team in the Tichborne Case, a cause célèbre that captured the public imagination in the late 1860s and early 1870s. In 1879 he was appointed a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench and in 1882 was raised to the position of Lord Justice of Appeal. In 1893, the year after his portrait appeared in Vanity Fair, he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and a life peer with the title Baron Bowen. In his youth, he played a single first-class cricket match for Hampshire against the MCC. He is credited with coining the phrase ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’.

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