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96 Max Beerbohm 1872-1956
Drawing of The Fabian Society
Pencil, signed, 16 x 12.5 inches, 1911
Max Beerbohm, the English caricaturist and satirist, delighted English society with critical depictions of his famous and fashionable contemporaries, among whom George Bernard Shaw was a favorite subject; Beerbohm drew more than forty caricatures of him from 1896 to 1931. The "Incomparable Max," as Shaw referred to his friend, depicted the playwright and socialist lecturing to the Fabian Society with his fellow Fabians seated behind him on the platform. Shaw was an early member of the socialist society and was on its executive committee from 1884 to 1911. He wrote many well-known tracts for the Society and edited its Fabian Essays (1889). The drawing is captioned in the artist's hand on the mount.
Gift of Mrs. M. Lincoln Schuster

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