Autograph manuscript draft poem, "To W.S."June 1914 Stock Code: 135882
NotesA choice Beerbohm manuscript, a deft sonnet in honour of the painter Walter Sickert (1860-1942), invoking Whistler and other figures of Max's youth, and the music halls "The Hoxton Palace of Varieties" and reflecting upon the passage of time and enduring presence of Sickert, who was in 1914 working in experimental modes as painter and essayist. Sickert had portrayed Beerbohm for Vanity Fair as early as 1897 (when Max was in his mid-twenties); and Max in turn included Sickert in A Book of Caricatures (1907), and had drawn several other caricatures over the years. Here Sickert receives the full energy of Max's literary gaze. The text has a manuscript metrical revision in the middle of the fourth line, and very up to date with its concluding allusion to "the boys of 'Blast'".
In part: "In my green boyhood I regarded you / As old, quite old, and took your talk as clue / to far-off faint romantic mysteries Now that I'm old and grey (tho' still quite clever) / You're an authentic juvenile "
The poem is, as far as we can trace, unpublished.
Hand written sonnet on the back of an envelope (120 x 95 mm), 14 lines, signed at the end.
A few small spots from old pin holes, generally near fine and entirely legible.
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