London, South Kensington
17 December 1999
Philip William May (1864-1903)
"Hullo, old chap, you look as if you'd had sport! In at the kill?"
"Well, no. I was in at the ditch and in at the river. We can't expect to be in everywhere."
signed and dated 'Phil May 1902' (lower right) and inscribed as title (lower centre)
pen and black ink, unframed
11 x 9in. (28.6 x 22.8cm.)
and two other unframed illustrations by the same artist (3)
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With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago