Sir Max Beerbohm Mr William Bell Scott Wondering What It is Those Fellows Seem to See in Gabriel 1916

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
Title
Mr William Bell Scott Wondering What It is Those Fellows Seem to See in Gabriel
Date 1916
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 292 x 394 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941
Reference
A01056
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In his series of watercolours evoking 'Rossetti and his Circle', Beerbohm investigated the varied associates attracted by Rossetti's magnetic personality. This watercolour gives the impression that the artist William Bell Scott remained aloof from Rossetti's influence, an assumption based on the shortcomings in Rossetti's character that Scott recorded in his autobiography of 1892. In fact, Scott was one of Rossetti's close friends, along with Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Walter Pater and William Morris, who are all depicted in this scene. As the snarling wombat and the well-mannered kangaroo suggest, Rossetti kept a strange and exotic menagerie in his garden at Cheyne Walk.

August 2004

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