Sir Max Beerbohm John S. Sargent. Verso: Studies of Heads c.1910

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
Title
John S. Sargent. Verso: Studies of Heads
Date c.1910
Medium Watercolour, graphite and ink on paper. Verso: graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 406 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Sir William Rothenstein in memory of Gerard Chowne 1917
Reference
N03199
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N03199 JOHN S. SARGENT c. 1910
On reverse: STUDIES OF HEADS

Not inscribed.
Pencil, pen and wash, 16×8 1/8 (41×20·5), on two pieces of paper joined together.
Presented by Sir William Rothenstein in memory of Gerard Chowne 1917.
Coll: Sir William Rothenstein.
Exh: (?) Leicester Galleries, April–May 1911 (2); C.A.S., Loan Exhibition, Manchester, winter 1911 (240).

There is a variant of the figure's profile in pencil t.l. and of his legs in ink b.r. On the back are a head in pen and ink of W. G. de Glehn (cf. N06075) and a pencil head possibly of Edward VII; the join of the two pieces of paper on which the drawing is made conceals what may be another pencil head.

Beerbohm made several caricatures of Sargent, including ‘Mr Sargent at Work’ of 1907 (repr. Max Beerbohm, A Book of Caricatures, 1907, frontispiece (in colour) and one of 1912 lent by Mrs Sullivan to the memorial exhibition, Leicester Galleries, June 1957 (113); see also N06075. The work exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in 1911 was not sold at the time and may or may not be N03199.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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