Sir Max Beerbohm The Sole Remark Likely to Have Been Made by Benjamin Jowett about the Mural Paintings at the Oxford Union 1916

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Artist
Sir Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
Title
The Sole Remark Likely to Have Been Made by Benjamin Jowett about the Mural Paintings at the Oxford Union
Date 1916
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 451 x 298 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941
Reference
A01041
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Beerbohm caricatured people and events associated with the charismatic Rossetti in a series of watercolours called 'Rossetti and his Friends'. This watercolour recalls the summer of 1857, when Rossetti led a troupe of young artists, including Morris and Burne-Jones, to Oxford. There they painted the walls of the newly-completed Union building with scenes from Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur. Beerbohm shows Rossetti at work on Sir Launcelot's Vision of the Sanc Grael, for which Burne-Jones posed as Sir Launcelot. Also shown is Benjamin Jowett, an Oxford professor of classics famous for his pithy remarks.

August 2004

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