BEERBOHM, Sir MAX (1872-1956, caricaturist, author, broadcaster and wit)
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BEERBOHM, Sir MAX (1872-1956, caricaturist, author, broadcaster and wit)
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BEERBOHM, Sir MAX (1872-1956, caricaturist, author, broadcaster and wit)

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  • A proof for the portrait of Beerbohm in Rothenstein's Twenty-Four Portraits, 1920, in which he wrote of his lifelong friend: '...Distinction with him is never oddity, or preciousness, or mere windy cleverness...It would be safe to defy Mr Beerbohm's most jealous critic to find an unsuccessful passage anywhere in his work...he is as great a writer as Milton...Mr Beerbohm's secret; he has the wittiest mind of an age, but he is a serious artist.'

    Rothenstein knew the historian and Clerk of the House of Commons, Basil Williams (1867-1950) at New College, Oxford; it was Williams who commissioned Rothenstein in 1893 to paint his first portrait, the subject being his sister.
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