CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924, novelist) PORTRAIT BY SIR MUIRHEAD BONE (1876-1953),
Lot 37
CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924, novelist) PORTRAIT BY SIR MUIRHEAD BONE (1876-1953),
Sold for £3,840 (US$ 6,524) inc. premium
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CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924, novelist)
PORTRAIT BY SIR MUIRHEAD BONE (1876-1953),
drypoint, three-quarter length, seated, and known as 'Conrad listening to music', signed, dated 1923 and titled in the plate, signed 'Muirhead Bone' in pencil below the image, one of 89 of this state, on Japan paper, extremely fine, 11½ x 8 in (29.2 x 20.3 cm).

Footnotes

  • REFERENCES: Campbell Dodgson 385 vi/vii; Jeffrey Meyers, Joseph Conrad: A Biography, 1991; Frederick Karl, Joseph Conrad: The Three Lives, 1979; Joseph Conrad: An Annotated Bibliography, edited by Bruce Teets and Helmut Gerber, 1971; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (by Gordon Cooke).

    Muirhead Bone, generally accepted as one of the greatest British draughtsmen and etchers of the twentieth century, met Conrad in 1923 aboard the Tuscania when they had communicating cabins. Bone's brother David was captain of the ship and instructed his officers to address Conrad as captain, in deference to his former career as a mariner. Conrad sat for this portrait on 22 May 1923 at Folly Farm, Great Barrington, Connecticut, when he was listening to Brahms, one of three drypoint portraits that Bone made of him in America. It was published in 1926 Bone later wrote an account of the voyage which was published in the Manchester Guardian on 1 and 26 August 1924 and also persuaded Conrad to sit for Epstein.

    Music (pronounced 'moozik' by him) was of the greatest importance to Conrad and he had an extensive knowledge of it. He associated it with dramatic moments, heightened emotions and passionate love and used operatic gestures, language and plots in his novels. Robin Douglas noted that 'he loved music, and would sit back with his eyes closed when his wife played the piano'. The Rescue has been called an 'operatic novel'.
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