Sir Max Beerbohm

Woolner at Farringford, 1857


Not on display

Sir Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 330 × 260 mm
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941

Catalogue entry

A01046 [from] ROSSETTI AND HIS FRIENDS (TWENTY-THREE DRAWINGS) 1916–17 [A01038-A01060; complete]
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941.
Coll: Mrs Charles Hunter; from whom purchased by the Leicester Galleries; from whom purchased by Sir Hugh Walpole 1921.
Lit: Lynch, 1921, pp.146–50.

A series of twenty-three drawings, variously dated 1916 and 1917. Fifteen were lent by Mrs Charles Hunter to the Modern Loan Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, November 1917 (98); the complete series was first exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, September 1921 (1), in the order in which they are given here, again as Rossetti and his Friends. They were published in book form by Heinemann in 1922 as Rossetti and His Circle, possibly an allusion to Rossetti's Dante and His Circle, the second edition of his translations from the early Italian poets, published in 1874. The complete series of drawings was further exhibited in Paintings and Drawings of the 1860 Period, Tate Gallery, April–July 1923 (336), and was on loan to the Tate Gallery from June 1938. For further details, see below (artists represented in the collection will be fully discussed in the appropriate section of the catalogue).

(ix) Inscr.‘Woolner at Farringford, 1857.’ b.l.,
Mrs. Tennyson: “You know, Mr. Woolner, I'm the most un-meddlesome of women, but - When (I'm only asking) when do you begin modelling his halo?”’ b.c.
and ‘Max 1917’ b.r.
Pencil and watercolour, 13×10 1/8 (33×26).
Exh: Leicester Galleries, September 1921 (9); Tate Gallery, April–July 1923 (336, 9); on loan to the Tate Gallery from June 1938.
Lit: Lynch, 1921, p.148.
Repr: Rossetti and His Circle, 1922, pl.9 (in colour).

Thomas Woolner (1825–92), the sculptor and poet, one of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; his departure for Australia in 1852 (he returned in 1854) inspired Ford Madox Brown's ‘The Last of England’ (Birmingham City Art Gallery). His bust of Tennyson is now in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge.

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

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