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August 12 , 2008

Alfred Bryan: 80 Caricatures


Alfred Bryan (1852–1899) (born as Charles Grineau) was a popular English illustrator, best known for his many contributions to the London-based weekly theatrical review Entr'acte.

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Bryan's first professional sketches were published in The Hornsey Hornet. He also produced sketches for most of his career and was also published in periodicals. Alfred Bryan drew beautiful caricature portraits for the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, The World,Time, Judy, Moonshine, En'tracte Almanack, and Footlight Favourites.

Walter Sickert, a contemporary art critic, described him as "the complete, trained draughtsman", praising his illustrations as "unfaltering in their mastery of line, their perfect style, their elegance and wit."

J. L. Toole wrote in his Reminiscences (1889) that "The most successful of these picadores is Mr. Alfred Bryan, who knows every nerve and muscle of his Irving by heart..."

Bryan did not use photographs and often worked for 4 magazines per week.

His son was Charles William Grineau (1883–1957), an artist known for his paintings of motorcars under the pseudonyms Bryan de Grineau and John Bryan.

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