|"Shave, or hair cut, sir?" "Corns, you fool!|
Phil May (1863-1904) was an English cartoonist known for his deft and economical pen-and-ink caricatures. He grew up around the theater, so he was familiar with music hall actors and types.
Benevolent Lady (distributing tract to inebriate, who has refused to accept one), "Do take one. If you read it, it will do you good."
Drunk (pulling himself together), —"Madam, I writes 'em."
He went to London and was so poor for a while that he slept on park benches, and he got to know all the varieties of gutter snipes. He portrayed them with a kindly wit and a sympathetic eye.
|"Mos' 'stronary thing! a' most shertain th'was shome coffee in it."|
He was so prolific that a publication came out using just his pictures, "Phil May's Illustrated." His cartoons of drunks and street characters made him wealthy and famous.
|Portrait of Phil May by J. J. Shannon|
He liked to wear colorful outfits. According to John Lavery, "The last time we met he came to his studio door wearing the loudest suit I had ever seen. Seeing my look of surprise, he smiled and said, 'Come in and listen to it, dear boy.'"
|ARTIST: 'My good man, may I have the honour of sketching your likeness? I am Mr. Phil May."|
RUSTIC: 'Oh! are yer? Then, this time you'll be Mr. Phil Mayn't."