According to NGV 1894 and 1905, this drawing was made for The Graphic.
Millais (1829-96), one of the foundation members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, is said to have brought Ward’s caricatures to the attention of Vanity Fair in the early 1870s.
After 1905, the NGV acquired a number of Millais’s works, the most significant of which is the 1855 painting The Rescue (Felton Bequest, 1924).
AR 1881, p.54; NGV 1894, p.53 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.56); NGV 1905, p.118 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 2nd bay, no.5) [£9/9]
For the suggestion that Millais recommended Ward to Vanity Fair, see http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/635779/Sir-Leslie-Ward. For Millais’ The Rescue, see http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/4185/