pen-and-ink and black wash, approx. 180 x 150mm. (7 x 6in.) on a quarto sheet (250 x 200mm., 10 x 8in.), an autograph letter signed by Beerbohm on the verso, heavy wrinkling smoothed out leaving a number of very tiny holes and tears. The drawing is a parody or "send-up" of the front cover of the Virginia Woolf pamphlet Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown (Hogarth Press, 1924), which has an illustration by Vanessa Bell (printed in black on the white wrappers) of a woman with an open book before her on a desk. In Beerbohm's self-caricature he pictures himself dozing with an open book before him on a desk, his "improved" title for the pamphlet written in block letters above -- a witty interpretation of his "enthusiasm" for Virginia Woolf's works." /> BEERBOHM, <I>Sir</I> MAX. Original self-caricature captioned "MR. BEERBOHM READING MRS. WOOLF," [presumably Rapallo, February 1928] <I>pen-and-ink and black wash, approx. 180 x 150mm. (7 x 6in.) on a quarto sheet (250 x 200mm., 10 x 8in.), an autograph letter signed by Beerbohm on the verso, heavy wrinkling smoothed out leaving a number of very tiny holes and tears.</I> The drawing is a parody or "send-up" of the front cover of the Virginia Woolf pamphlet <I>Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown</I> (Hogarth Press, 1924), which has an illustration by Vanessa Bell (printed in black on the white wrappers) of a woman with an open book before her on a desk. In Beerbohm's self-caricature he pictures himself dozing with an open book before him on a desk, his "improved" title for the pamphlet written in block letters above -- a witty interpretation of his "enthusiasm" for Virginia Woolf's works. | Christie's