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Clement King Shorter 'Three Editors'

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)


Inscribed 'Clement Shorter Esq' below mount

Watercolour with bodycolour on tinted paper

11 ½ x 7 inches

Vanity Fair, 24 December 1894, Men of the Day no 607

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 45

A journalist and editor, Clement King Shorter began his career as a sub-editor for The Penny Illustrated Paper and columnist for The Star whilst working as a clerk in the Exchequer and Audit Department at Somerset House. In 1891, following the retirement of the editor of The Illustrated London News, John Lash Latey, Shorter offered himself to the director, William Ingram, for the role and was accepted. Together with Ingram, he founded and became editor of The Sketch in 1892 and, following its acquisition by Ingram in 1893, editor of The English Illustrated Magazine. In the years following his appearance in Vanity Fair, he would become founder and editor of The Sphere (1900) and Tatler (1901).

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