Lord Rosebery
Max Beerbohm, 1903
BEERBOHM, Sir Max (1872-1956). Original caricature drawing of Lord Rosebery, 1903.

The 5th Earl of Rosebery, Archibald Primrose (1847-1929) was a Liberal statesman and Prime Minister from 1894-95. He was also a favorite subject of Beerbohm's. Beerbohm opened his essay, "A Pathetic Imposture," with an anecdote about Rosebery: "Lord Rosebery once annoyed the Press by declaring that his ideal newspaper was one which should give its news without comment. Doubtless he was thinking of the commonweal. Yet a plea for no comments might be made, with equal force, on behalf of the commentators themselves." "No comment" did not become a stock phrase amongst politicians for another 50 years, but it can almost be read in this caricature, in Lord Rosebery's blank eyes and closed hands.

Original pen and black ink, color pencil, and watercolor drawing, signed and dated "Max / 1903" (lower right) and inscribed "Lord Rosebery" (upper left), 192 x 123mm. Float-mounted, matted and framed to 19 x 15 inches.

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