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Beerbohm, Max
"A GRACIOUS ACT"
310 by 210mm., pencil and watercolour drawing, signed and dated lower right "Max 1915", inscribed with caption lower left ("A Gracious Act. Lord Curzon of Kedleston reading to M. Cammaerts a translation (signed with his own hand) of a poem by M. Cammaerts"), together with extensive notes addressed 'To Reproducer', loss to right edge not affecting image
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Literature

Hart-Davis 390

Catalogue Note

Reproduced within The Book of the Homeless (edited by Edith Wharton) published in 1916 and sold "for the benefit of the American hostels for refugees... and of the children of Flanders rescue committee". Contributors include Brooke, Cocteau, Conrad, Hardy, James, Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Stravinsky and W.B. Yeats.

The situation Beerbohm depicts relates to Lord Curzon's translation of a poem entitled 'Le drapeau belge' by Cammaerts. The words were set in 1917 by Elgar.

This original drawing is especially interesting for Beerbohm's detailed and exacting notes for reproduction ("Please cut this drawing out very carefully, exactly according to the pencil line drawn round it... it may be advisable that the drawing is reproduced by chromatic process - so that the blues don't come out too pale...")

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London