Famous men included in the lot who eventually appeared in Vanity Fair include, Lord Justice Cotton, John Lawson Walton, John Fletcher Moulton, Mr. Alfred F. Bird, Mr. Justice Gainsford Bruce, Lord Justice Rigby, Mr. Justice Wright, Arthur Wing Pinero, Thomas Power O'Conner, Mr. W. A. Spooner, Lord Shand, Colonel Henderson, John Edward Redmond, Professor Robinson Ellis, Reverend Henry Montagu Villiers, Mr. James Ryan, Lord Clanricarde, Arthur de Rothschild, the Marquis of Salsibury and Henry Kemble.
One unusual head and shoulders pencil sketch is of George Chapman, often linked with Jack the Ripper. Ward has inscribed this sketch "Chapman, the poisoner. Old Bailey, March 19th 1903," Chapman was found guilty of murder and was hanged on 7 April 1903. This was possibly an illustration for The Graphic.