Image number: RS.20814

    Caricature of John Robert Strutt

    Robert John Strutt, 4th Baron Rayleigh (1875 - 1947, British) , Physicist
    Frederick Thomas Dalton (1855 - 1927, British) , Cartoonist
    Creator - Organisation
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    height (print): 380mm
    width (print): 263mm
    Caricature of John Robert Strutt at three-quarter length, shown inclined to the left as viewed, at a laboratory worktop and surrounded by chemistry equipment.

    Inscribed in the bottom corner of the print: ‘FTD’
    Inscribed above: ‘VANITY FAIR. Decr. 21st 1899’
    Inscribed below: ‘Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Ltd. Lith./ “Argon”’

    This caricature is titled ‘Argon’ and was published as number 716 In Vanity Fair’s 'Statesmen' series.

    John Robert Strutt, 4th Baron Rayleigh (1857-1947), British peer and physicist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1905 and served as its Foreign Secretary between 1929-1934 and Vice-President between 1930-1934. He was awarded the Society’s Bakerian Award in 1911 and 1919 and its Rumford Medal in 1920 ‘on the ground of his researches into the properties of gases at high vacua’.

    Frederick Thomas Dalton [‘F.T.D.’] (1855-1927), British schoolmaster, journalist and caricaturist for Vanity Fair.
    Object history
    Vanity Fair ’s ‘Men of the Day’ series, which featured a full page, colour caricature of a significant public figure and text commentary, largely written by "Jehu Junior", was a popular feature that ran between 1868 and 1913.

    This print was donated to the Royal Society by former PRS Charles Scott Sherrington (1857–1952), as part of a bound volume featuring caricatures, photographs and signature facsimiles of the individuals.
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