This 79+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
This piece was illustrated by May, Phil.
Phil May (April 22, 1864-Aug. 5, 1903) was born in Wortley, England to a father that was an engineer and a mother who was a one-time manager of the Theatre Royal. Due to his grandfatherÕs talent as a draughtsman and caricature artist, May became friendly with Fred Fox, whose father was the scenic artist at the Grand Theatre. This gave him free run of the theater, where he sketched sections of other people's designs for costumes, as well as actor's portraits. May had begun to earn his living in a solicitor's office; before he was fifteen he had acted as time-keeper at a foundry, had tried to become a jockey and had been on the stage at Scarborough and Leeds. He was fond of drawing and when only 14 years old he had drawings accepted to the Yorkshire Gossip. At 17 he ventured to London and was homeless until he found employment as a costume designer. He also drew posters and cartoons, and for about two years worked for the St Stephen's Review, until he was advised to go to Australia for his health. During the year he spent there he worked at The Sydney Bulletin where he produced 800 drawings before returning to his life in London. He was a founding member of the London Sketch Club in 1896 before passing away in 1903.
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