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  1. A Bloomsbury Evening.

    A Bloomsbury Evening.

    £5,000

    Atmospheric group portrait of some members of the Hogarth Press and Bloomsbury Group. The sitters include Desmond MacCarthy, Roger Fry, Harcourt Brace, RPK, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Richard Kennedy work for a year at age 16 before being fired at the Hogarth Press after …Read more

  2. Portrait miniature on ivory.

    Portrait miniature on ivory. [c.1820]

    £950

    Neil Benjamin Edmonstone (1765-1841) was the youngest of the five sons of Sir Archibald Edmonstone, first baronet of Duntreath. Edmonstone was admitted to the East India Company as a writer, travelling out Calcutta in 1783. “He soon gained entry to the secretariat: he was made …Read more

  3. Caricature portrait of Karel Capek.

    Caricature portrait of Karel Capek. 1925

    £1,500

    Signed by both sitter and artist. Wonderful portrait from life of the great Czechoslovakian writer by that portmanteau nation’s finest caricaturist. Commonly characterised as a writer of science fiction – his most famous work is probably The War with the Newts, described by influential critic …Read more

  4. Inscribed Etched Portrait of the Most Famous French Ace of World War I.

    Inscribed Etched Portrait of the Most Famous French Ace of World War I. 1917

    £750

    Limited edition of 70, this number 9, additionally inscribed in black pencil-crayon, “à Mademoiselle Germaine Fischer, hommage de ma respectueuse sympathie, H. Farre”. Guynemer was without doubt one of the most charismatic flyers of the First World War. By the time of his death in …Read more

  5. Inscribed postcard and original photograph.

    Inscribed postcard and original photograph. 1930]

    £7,500

    Inscribed postcard and original photograph from F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s 1930 trip to North Africa, undertaken shortly before Zelda’s first breakdown. On the postcard Fitzgerald has written, “Dear Helen Thompson, just “The Sahara” will reach me – or “Sheikh Fitzgerald – Africa”. Sometimes tho …Read more

  6. Inscribed portrait photograph.

    Inscribed portrait photograph. c. 1932

    £750

    Photographic portrait of violinist Yehudi Menuhin aged about 15, inscribed, “April 1932. With best greetings to William E. Chamberlain, Yehudi Menuhin”. Menuhin, widely considered the greatest violinist of the 20th century, was born in New York in 1916 and fell in love with the …Read more

  7. Dead Season’s Heritage.

    Dead Season’s Heritage. 1942

    £650

    First trade edition, first impression, originally published as a limited edition of 50 copies. With two framed mixed-media portraits by Manning: Alfred Perles dated 1968 (265 165 mm), and Henry Miller dated 1973 (405 275 mm). Read more

  8. I am Here to Build Jurrosolom.

    I am Here to Build Jurrosolom. 2004

    £850

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 100 copies signed by Billy Childish with an original self portrait pencil drawing to front free endpaper. Published to coincide with the ‘Sex Crimes of the Futcher’ exhibition at Simon Finch Art 30th September – 30th October 2004. Read more

  9. Signed portrait photograph.

    Signed portrait photograph. [1980s]

    £1,250

    Close-up, black and white photographic portrait of Burroughs aged in his late 60s or early 70s, signed by him in a strip of white above the image on the print. Simply and attractively mounted and framed in black. Read more

  10. Edward Lear, Oscar Wilde, and A. C. Swinburne.

    Edward Lear, Oscar Wilde, and A. C. Swinburne. c. 1968

    £425

    Caricature portraits of the three artists, drawn as if portraits hanging in a hallway. The likeliest date is 1968, when Angus Davidson’s 1938 biography of Edward Lear was reissued. Several works on or by Oscar Wilde were published or reissued that year, along with Jean …Read more

  11. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate David Frost.

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate David Frost. c. 1963

    £400

    Sherlock Holmes, with magnifying glass, and Dr Watson investigate the mysterious rise of the young David Frost, host of That Was The Week That Was. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in …Read more

  12. Flaubert.

    Flaubert. c. 1968

    £350

    The French novelist Gustave Flaubert, hat in hand, flees from a wailing old widow, presumably his mother with whom he lived most of his adult life. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture …Read more

  13. Sir Cecil Beaton.

    Sir Cecil Beaton. c. 1968

    £400

    Portrait of the photographer in old age, wearing a broad-brimmed hat and widely knotted tie. 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 …Read more

  14. George Meredith.

    George Meredith. c. 1965

    £325

    Profile view of the novelist and poet George Meredith (1828–1909), after the Frederick Hollyer photograph. 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 …Read more

  15. Anthony Trollope.

    Anthony Trollope. c. 1966

    £475

    Portrait of the author in old age, the eyes highlighted in blue. 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 …Read more

  16. Goethe.

    Goethe. c. 1965

    £350

    Portrait of the author as an old man, perhaps on the occasion of the 1965 reissue of G. H. Lewes’s Life of Goethe. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s …Read more

  17. Goethe.

    Goethe. c. 1965

    £350

    Portrait of the author as a young man, perhaps on the occasion of the 1965 reissue of G. H. Lewes’s Life of Goethe. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s …Read more

  18. J. B. Priestley.

    J. B. Priestley. c. 1965

    £325

    The author in black hat – perhaps on the occasion of the publication of Lost Empires (1965). 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 …Read more

  19. Chatterton.

    Chatterton. c. 1960

    £375

    Portrait of the “marvellous boy”. 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 …Read more

  20. William Morris.

    William Morris. c. 1968

    £350

    Portrait of the designer, author, and visionary socialist William Morris in old age. 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 …Read more

  21. Macaulay.

    Macaulay. c. 1960

    £325

    Portrait of Thomas Babington Macaulay. 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 …Read more

  22. Byron.

    Byron. c. 1966

    £350

    A noticeably supercilious Lord Byron. 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 …Read more

  23. Robert Browning.

    Robert Browning. c. 1960

    £350

    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 …Read more

  24. Thomas Hardy.

    Thomas Hardy. c. 1965

    £425

    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 …Read more

  25. Turgenev.

    Turgenev. c. 1966

    £300

    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 …Read more

  26. Baudelaire.

    Baudelaire. c. 1966

    £350

    Baudelaire in the foreground casts a jaundiced eye at a high-kicking notary. 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 …Read more

  27. Robert Morley.

    Robert Morley. c. 1960

    £325

    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 …Read more

  28. Yvette Gilbert.

    Yvette Gilbert. c. 1964

    £325

    Portrait of the French cabaret singer and actress Yvette Guilbert (1865–1944). Presumably done for the review of Bettina Knapp and Myra Chipman’s That Was Yvette (1964), one of the few biographies of Guilbert in English. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part …Read more

  29. Martin Luther.

    Martin Luther. c. 1960

    £475

    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 …Read more

  30. “What you need, monsieur, is a complete reform of your constitution.”

    “What you need, monsieur, is a complete reform of your constitution.” 1958

    £250

    The Algerian Putsch of May 1958, precipitated a crisis in France set in motion the events which would lead to the establishment of the Fifth Republic under de Gaulle. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of …Read more

  31. “Of course, I don’t suppose the bus strike affects you, but I’m so sorry about the Smithfield stoppage.”

    “Of course, I don’t suppose the bus strike affects you, but I’m so sorry about the Smithfield stoppage.” 1958

    £325

    A lady sympathises with a Beefeater. May 1958 saw strikes by both 48,000 London omnibus workers and workers at Smithfield Market. 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. …Read more

  32. “I mean there’s such a thing as a sugar daddy getting a bit too sweet – I mean look at Dr Castro.”

    “I mean there’s such a thing as a sugar daddy getting a bit too sweet – I mean look at Dr Castro.” 1960

    £325

    In June 1960, Eisenhower reduced Cuba’s sugar import quota by 7,000,000 tons, and in response, Cuba nationalized some $850 million worth of US property and businesses. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture …Read more

  33. Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.

    Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory. early 1920s]

    £4,750

    Signed “R. Kastor” by the artist Robert Kastos and inscribed by Conrad, “‘… and incompleteness of any sort leads to trouble.’ from Victory”. Read more

  34. Inscribed original photograph of the author with Sally Emrich on the deck of a yacht in a Greek harbour.

    Inscribed original photograph of the author with Sally Emrich on the deck of a yacht in a Greek harbour. [1957]

    £12,500

    With Faulkner’s signed presentation inscription to a blank portion of the image in the upper left corner, “For Miss Sally with love from William Faulkner”. Sally Emrich was the wife of Duncan Emrich, a State Department Cultural Affairs Officer; together they guided Faulkner on his …Read more

  35. Pair of Original Portrait Photographs, signed.

    Pair of Original Portrait Photographs, signed. 1946

    £3,750

    Each photograph is signed on the mount, that of Clementine with the inscription, “To Frank Clarke with happy memories of our visit to America in the Winter & Spring of 1946.” Co. Frank W. Clarke, a Canadian shipowner, had first met Churchill during the General …Read more

  1. A Bloomsbury Evening.
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    KENNEDY, Richard. KENNEDY, Richard.

    A Bloomsbury Evening.

    £5,000

  2. Portrait miniature on ivory.
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    EDMONSTONE, Neil Benjamin. EDMONSTONE, Neil Benjamin.

    Portrait miniature on ivory.

    £950

  3. Caricature portrait of Karel Capek.
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    (CAPEK, Karel.) BERGER, Oscar. (CAPEK, Karel.) BERGER,...

    Caricature portrait of Karel Capek.

    £1,500

  4. Inscribed Etched Portrait of the Most Famous French Ace of World War I.
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    (GUYNEMER, Georges) FARRE, Henri. (GUYNEMER, Georges) FARRE,...

    Inscribed Etched Portrait of the Most Famous French Ace of World War I.

    £750

  5. Inscribed postcard and original photograph.
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    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. FITZGERALD, F. Scott.

    Inscribed postcard and original photograph.

    £7,500

  6. Inscribed portrait photograph.
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    MENUHIN, Yehudi. MENUHIN, Yehudi.

    Inscribed portrait photograph.

    £750

  7. I am Here to Build Jurrosolom.
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    CHILDISH, Billy. CHILDISH, Billy.

    I am Here to Build Jurrosolom.

    £850

  8. Signed portrait photograph.
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    BURROUGHS, William. BURROUGHS, William.

    Signed portrait photograph.

    £1,250

  9. Edward Lear, Oscar Wilde, and A. C. Swinburne.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Edward Lear, Oscar Wilde, and A. C. Swinburne.

    £425

  10. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate David Frost.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate David Frost.

    £400

  11. Sir Cecil Beaton.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Sir Cecil Beaton.

    £400

  12. George Meredith.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    George Meredith.

    £325

  13. Anthony Trollope.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Anthony Trollope.

    £475

  14. J. B. Priestley.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    J. B. Priestley.

    £325

  15. William Morris.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    William Morris.

    £350

  16. Robert Browning.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Robert Browning.

    £350

  17. Robert Morley.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Robert Morley.

    £325

  18. Yvette Gilbert.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Yvette Gilbert.

    £325

  19. Martin Luther.
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    Martin Luther.

    £475

  20. “What you need, monsieur, is a complete reform of your constitution.”
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    “What you need, monsieur, is a complete reform of your constitution.”

    £250

  21. “Of course, I don’t suppose the bus strike affects you, but I’m so sorry about the Smithfield stoppage.”
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    “Of course, I don’t suppose the bus strike affects you, but I’m so sorry about the Smithfield stoppage.”

    £325

  22. “I mean there’s such a thing as a sugar daddy getting a bit too sweet – I mean look at Dr Castro.”
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    “I mean there’s such a thing as a sugar daddy getting a bit too sweet – I mean look at Dr Castro.”

    £325

  23. Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.
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    (CONRAD, Joseph.) KASTOS, Robert. (CONRAD, Joseph.) KASTOS,...

    Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.

    £4,750

  24. Inscribed original photograph of the author with Sally Emrich on the deck of a yacht in a Greek harbour.
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    FAULKNER, William. FAULKNER, William.

    Inscribed original photograph of the author with Sally Emrich on the deck of a yacht in a Greek harbour.

    £12,500

  25. Pair of Original Portrait Photographs, signed.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. & Clementine. CHURCHILL, Winston S....

    Pair of Original Portrait Photographs, signed.

    £3,750

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