BELLOC, HILAIRE (1870-1953, poet and author) PORTRAIT BY SIR DAVID LOW (1891-1963),
Lot 11
BELLOC, HILAIRE (1870-1953, poet and author) PORTRAIT BY SIR DAVID LOW (1891-1963),
Sold for £780 (US$ 1,266) inc. premium

Lot Details
BELLOC, HILAIRE (1870-1953, poet and author)
PORTRAIT BY SIR DAVID LOW (1891-1963),
pen, ink and brush heightened with white, full-length, outside a pawn shop (‘Monish lent'), caught in the act of eavesdropping, items labelled 'As vorn', 'Goot as new' and 'Sheap' inscribed in pencil in Low's handwriting 'Mr Belloc on the scent of a world plot', 6½ x 13¾ in (16.5 x 34.9 cm).

Footnotes

  • REFERENCES: Sir David Low, Autobiography, 1956, p. 134; Colin Seymour-Ure and John Schott, David Low, 1985; John McCathy, Hilaire Belloc, 1978.

    Comparing Belloc and Chesterton, Low wrote that Belloc's 'normal expression was severe, testy, and he was inclined to change colour to a bluish-red under strong emotion. Whereas Chesterton, regarded geometrically, was circles and ellipses, Belloc was squares and right angles. Nuggety body, short arms and legs, dressed so roomily that when in full movement he created his own breeze, and flapped like a ship under sail.' Belloc was an undisguised anti-Semite.

    David Low, the foremost cartoonist of his age, liked to call himself 'a nuisance dedicated to sanity.'
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