Vogue Exhibit (More)

A review by Alice Sprawls of the Vogue 100 exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and its catalogue  appears in the London Review of Books for 5 May 2016. See earlier post. This explains that Waugh’s work for Vogue began under the editorship of Alison Settle who was backing the Bright Young Things, as compared to her predecessor who promoted the writings of the Bloomsburys in Vogue’s pages. That may explain how Waugh got taken up by the magazine for his articles in late 1928 for which he was paid 5 gns. each. By 1934, the average price, according to Sprawls, had increased to 12 gns., but Waugh is said to have been paid 20 gns., presumably referring to his article “The Tourist Manual” in the magazine’s 25 July 1934 issue. A new editor (Elizabeth Penrose) replaced Settle about this time, and she put an end (at least temporarily) to the extravagant expenditure on articles by the likes of Waugh. The next article by Waugh to appear in the magazine was in May 1938 (“To See the Queen”). Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh (1986), p. 86. This one is not mentioned in the LRB article, but one is curious to know what Waugh was paid for it.

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