Monday, 14 September 2020

Phil May - part 15

Philip William May was a caricaturist. He was born near Leeds and was the son of an engineer who died when May was nine years old. May worked in a variety of jobs before moving to London, and shortly afterward to Australia, when he was seventeen. In Australia he found work with the Sydney Bulletin, and in just three years produced over 800 drawings for the Bulletin. On his return to London in 1892 May drew for the St Stephen's Review; his studies of the London guttersnipes and coster-girls rapidly made him famous. He became a regular member of the staff of Punch in 1896, and in his later years his services were retained exclusively for Punch and The Graphic.

For full biographical notes on Phil May see part 1, and for earlier works, see parts 1 - 14 also.

This is part 15 of a 22-part series on the works of Phil May:

1903 Sketches from "Punch" part 2:

"An Englishman's House," &c.


Another Mr. Weller.


Brothers in Art.

The New Play.

Quite Another Thing.

A Big Order.

Indirect Oration.

Beginning Early.


 A Different View.



An Unpopular Idol !

An Empty Embrace.

Overheard Outside a Famous Restaurant.

Unexpected Effect.

Reckoning Him Up.

Shakspeare (sic) Illustrated.

Shakspeare (sic) Illustrated.

Ready for the Fray.

An Echo from Broadway.

So Likely !

A Euphemism.

Rather Difficult for Him.

Tit for Tat.

All the Difference.

Strong Language.

Shakspeare (sic) Illustrated.

1904 The Phil May Album 
published by Methuen & Co., London:

Blowing a Cloud

Title Page

Fate !


An Idle Fellow

An Upright Course

The Noble Art
At The National Sporting Club

Before His Friends

Britons in Paris

Fallen Greatness

Information Wanted

Mutual Consideration

New Version
The Temptation of Anthony

Oh, Listen to a Tale of "Wo"

On the Sands


The Cape Mail

The Victim of Circumstances

A Nasty One

All the Difference


Hard Lines


The Legitimate

The Wrong Shop


A Benevolent Connoisseur

A Pair of Soiled Kids

At a Provincial Banquet

Force of Habit

French as She is Spoke


A Howling Swell


On the Sands

Our Climate

Pro Bono Publico

Ready for the Ball

Saintly Politeness

"What the deuce are you smoking, old chap?"

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