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“Bevan and Delilah”
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BENTLEY, Nicolas.

“Bevan and Delilah”

Published: 18 March 1959

Stock code: 100793

Price: £225

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A man at the record player asks his wife, “Now – how would you like ‘Softly Awakes my Heart’ from Saint-Saens’ Bevan and Delilah?”. Bentley’s cartoon draws parallels between Labour firebrand Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) and the seemingly indomitable biblical hero Samson, who was betrayed by his lover Delilah. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley’s work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and 1954 he drew regular cartoons for the weekly Time and Tide, and after that for the daily News Chronicle. Between 1958 and 1962 he drew topical cartoons for the Daily Mail under the title “Watch My Line.” He also drew many portraits, in black and white line, of famous people, for various papers, including over sixty for the Sunday Telegraph, which began publication in February 1961.

Sheet size: 177 151 mm. Pen and ink on wove paper.

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