5 June 2007
Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
Portrait of Theodore Byard in the Upper Room, the Garrick Club, 1923
inscribed 'Scene: The upper room in the Garrick Club./Time: Late afternoon of July 6th 1923. (Thermometer 85 in the shade.)' (lower centre) and further inscribed 'Ere! Are you Mr. Byard?/Well, there's a gent around the/corner as wants ter dror a/droring of yer! Hup you get!' [sic] (upper centre)
pen and brown ink with brown, pink and grey wash, on buff paper
7 x 12¼ in. (17.8 x 31.1 cm.)
A. Dwye Evans.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 November 1988, lot 305.
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The Times Literary Supplement, 19 October 1956.
R. Hart Davis, A Catalogue of the Caricatures of Max Beerbohm, London, 1972, p. 38, no. 207.
At the date of this caricature, Theodore Byard (1871-1931) was the director of the publishing house, William Heinemann Ltd. Although he had served for a time in the Army, he made a career as a baritone and was well-known in contemporary musical and artistic circles.
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