. Original caricature done in ink on paper. The caricature celebrates the opening night of The Happy Life, a play by Louis N. Parker and Murray Carson, staged at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in 1897. It depicts Parker (standing atop the Duke of York’s column), Carson, and Max (top hat and wasp-waisted coat) himself drinking champagne. Both Parker and Carson were important dramatists at the turn of the century; Beerbohm would later collaborate with Carson on a one-act “curtain-raiser” in 1914, The fly on the wheel. Inscribed “Best wishes in a great success. December 6 ’97” and signed “Max.” Unrecorded; not in Hart-Davis’s catalogue of Beerbohm’s caricatures. In near fine condition and nicely framed. 20 x 25.4 cm. ORIG/011216.
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c 1919. Original Illustrations. An original ink wash drawing inscribed with name of the subject and signed by Max. Not dated, but from the early 1900s. Nathaniel Goodwin (1857-1919) was a leading American actor and vaudevillian, also known for his colorful personal life. (He was married five times and was engaged again at the time of his sudden death from apoplexy.) He was the subject of Beerbohm’s radio broadcast, “Nat Goodwin - and Another,” published in the Radio Times, accompanied by a reproduction of this caricature. The drawing shows an unsmiling profile of Goodwin in white tie, smoking a cigar. Done in black and white wash on dark cream colored paper. In near fine condition, in a gold frame with white matte. This came from the collection of Douglas Cleverdon, who produced Max’s broadcasts. Drawing measures 7 x 10.5 inches. In the frame it is 13 x 17.5 inches. Near Fine. ORIG/092111. Near Fine.
1928. Original Illustrations. An attractive original ink drawing on paper by Lloyd Hoff of the head of famous British actor, George Arliss. It is signed by both the artist and the subject. Arliss writes: “‘They flatter me’ Shylock in The Merchant of Venice / George Arliss.” Hoff signed the portrait as “Hoff / From Life 11-3-28.” Hoff was a well-known illustrator who did the art for two Beerbohm parodies privately printed by the Hart Press, founded in California by James D. Hart. In fine condition. 8 1/2 x 10 inches. ART/090611. Fine.
c. 1859. A handsome small etching of a man drumming by the Victorian artist Matthew James Lawless (1837-1864).Frederick Smallfield (1825-1915). Smallfield was a Victorian artist best known as a watercolor painter. He was a member of the Junior Etching Club, whose members included Millais, Whistler, and Tenneil. They produced a number of anthologies with their works. This etching was done as an illustration for a poem titled "The Drum" included in the anthology Passages from Modern English Poets. Image is 4 x 6 inches and is printed on paper measuring about 11 x 16.5 inches. Some spotting, creasing and soiling not affecting the etching. Very good. ORIG/012015. Very Good.
circa 1900. 8vo. Original pen and ink drawing by Ilbery Lynch. The drawing is of a robed man with long hair. Little is known about Lynch, though he was a follower of Aubrey Beardsley and contemporary of Oscar Wilde. Lynch illustrated Dunsany’s Five Plays and Bramah’s Transmutation of Ling, among other works. The drawing is unsigned and undated, but would be early 20th century. 6.5" x 3.5" on cream paper. ART/020607. Very Good.
1598. A leaf of The Fifth Forestier of Flanders and his Squire with shield and falcon, from The Genealogies and Descendents of Ancient Forest and the Counts of Flanders, with a short description of their lives and actions. Print method is Wood Block with professional coloring. Print measures 295 x 195 mm or approximately 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #12999. Fine.
A leaf of The Fifth Forestier of Flanders and his Squire with shield and falcon, from The Genealogies and Descendents of Ancient Forest and the Counts of Flanders, with a short description of their lives and actions. Print method is Wood Block with professional coloring. Print measures 295 x 195 mm or approximately 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #13011. Fine.
No Binding. A delightful ink drawing by English illustrator, Phil May (1864 - 1903), who made regular contributions to many periodicals, including the Sydney Bulletin, St. Stephens Review, Daily Graphics, and Punch. He also published his own annuals from 1892 - 1905 and supplemented these with additional larger albums. Examples of his work can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum. May, a short man of slight build, has drawn himself in a wonderfully comic manner, as is typical of his self-portraits. He depicts himself as being enormously fat and smoking a cigar following a meal. The drawing is inscribed by May and reads: “Menu. Savoy Omlette, Cold Beef (plat de jour), Spring Onions (off), Cabbage (pickled)” and is titled “What a Feed I’ve Had.” It is also signed by the artist, “Fill May.” The drawing has been mounted on a piece of archival board and matted. The bottom right corner of the paper is missing; to make this less evident; the board behind the drawing has been watercolored in light blue to match the color of the paper. There are a few light spots of foxing to the paper. Ink drawing measures 7 x 5 inches. The mat measures 19 x 12.5 inches. ART/050609. Very good.
ca. 1913. English artist, Sir William Rothenstein (1872 - 1945), was highly regarded for his portraits of authors, royalty, and other famous persons. He was also an official war artist during both world wars and served as the Principal of the Royal College of Art between the wars. This is a lovely pencil drawing on paper of the artist's wife, Alice, that was done as a study for the double portrait of her and Eric Gill now at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The drawing is from the collection of the Rothensteins' daughter, Betty Holiday. The study measures 26.4 x 18.5 cm. In very good condition with slight aging to margins and a pencil smudge along the hem of Alice's dress, neither affecting the image. A few pencil marks on the verso, possibly by artist practicing pencil strokes. In an archival mat and protected by sheet of tissue paper. ORIG/071216. Very Good.
ca. 1890s. English artist, Sir William Rothenstein (1872 - 1945), was highly regarded for his portraits of authors, royalty, and other famous persons. He was also an official war artist during both world wars and served as the Principal of the Royal College of Art between the wars. This is a nice pencil drawing on paper of the artist's wife, Alice. The drawing is from the collection of the Rothensteins' daughter, Betty Holiday. The study measures 38.7 x 22.2 cm. In very good condition with some light spots to the paper. In an archival mat and protected by sheet of tissue paper. ORIG/071216. Very Good.
London: Grant Richards, . Original Illustrations. Scarce. 750 copies printed. These are the disbound pages from English Portraits, with seventeen of Will Rothenstein’s twenty-four lithographs of well-known persons of his day, along with a page of complimentary comments about each person. Rothenstein (1872-1945) was famous for his portraits, and painted Albert Einstein, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, and Oscar Wilde among many others. Both his painted works and his prints display his great sensitivity and artistic mastery. He was also a friend to many prominent figures of his day, including Max Beerbohm, Joseph Conrad, and H.G. Wells. This group from English Portraits are as follows: Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, Sir Frederick Pollock, Thomas Hardy, Sir F. Seymour Haden, William Archer, The Right Rev. Dr. Creighton, The Marchioness of Granby (Violet Lindsay), The Right Hon. W.E.H. Lecky, John Singer Sargent, Arthur Wing Pinero, William Ernest Henley, Sidney Colvin, George Bernard Shaw, Alice Meynell (2 copies), Grant Allen, and Henry James. Each leaf measures 10 x 14.5 inches. The title page and table of contents page are also included. Some browning, closed tears, and light chipping, particularly to the page margins, but the lithographs are generally in quite nice condition. ART/011712. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., n.d. An attractively framed silk screen print of a famous photograph of young Ho Chi Minh taken during his years in France. It was in France that Ho Chi Minh became drawn to Communism years before he became the revolutionary leader of North Vietnam. In the photo portrait he is wearing a bowler hat and looking into the camera. The print is in shades of dark red and taupe, with French words making a design in the background ("a la societe des nations," "Colonisation France" etc.) The frame is dark brown, and the double matte is in the same red and taupe as the print. Print is 9 x 13 inches. Framed picture is 16 x 19 inches. In very good condition save for a few very small nicks to frame. ART/022513. Very Good.