SASSOON, SIEGFRIED [LORAINE] (1886-1967, poet and novelist) THREE PORTRAITS:
Lot 134
SASSOON, SIEGFRIED LORAINE (1886-1967, poet and novelist) THREE PORTRAITS:

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SASSOON, SIEGFRIED LORAINE (1886-1967, poet and novelist)
THREE PORTRAITS:

(i) BY JOCELYN GALSWORTHY, crayon drawing, head and shoulders, signed 'Jocelyn', on grey paper, 20½ x 13¾ in (52.1 x 34.9 cm). This portrait, done from life about three years before his death, was FORMERLY IN THE POSSESSION OF SIEGFREID SASSOON HIMSELF. Jocelyn Galsworthy is the great niece of Sir John Galsworthy. There are very few ad vivam portraits of Sassoon other than one by Glyn Philpot, another by Rex Whistler and photographs. The National Portrait Gallery has a pencil drawing - by John Piggins, c. 1951.

(ii) WOODCUT PORTRAIT, artist unknown, profile facing right, reproduction of Siegfried Sassoon's handwriting ('George Sherston') below, 6½ x 4½ in (16.5 x 11.4 cm). No example of this portrait has been found in Sassoon's books.

(iii) PHOTOGRAPH, reproduced in a newspaper cutting and mounted on card inscribed in Sassoon's own handwriting 'Not such a Mug as you thought', with reference to the caption of the photograph 'Mr Siegfried Sassoon. Of him Mr. Aldous Huxley writes: "He is among the immortals of our day, by virtue of mind, of heart and of cunning"' - Sassoon has underlined 'cunning' and dotted the eyes. In an envelope attached to the back of the frame of (ii).

Saleroom notices

  • 134: part ii. This woodcut was done by William Nicholson (see lot 207) as a frontispiece for a deluxe edition of Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man that was not used by Faber and Faber. It is referred to in Colin Campbell's 'William Nicholson' The Graphic Work, published in 1992.
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