Sir Henry Irving 1900
Rare Antique Lithograph Print of Sir Henry Irving a Caricature by Max Beerbohm 1900 Published in the Supplement to 'The World' Christmas Number 1900. A supplement with 8 lithograph prints by Beerbohm presented in a special Christmas wrapper presentation as illustrated. The wrapper is not a part of this sale. Only the caricature print is part of this sale.
Overall Excellent condition. Approx Sheet size: 14.25" x 9.5" (360mm x 240mm)
Print is ready for mount and framing.
Sir Henry Irving (6 February 1838 – 13 October 1905), born John Henry Brodribb, sometimes known as J. H. Irving, was an English stage actor in the Victorian era, known as an actor-manager because he took complete responsibility (supervision of sets, lighting, direction, casting, as well as playing the leading roles) for season after season at the Lyceum Theatre, establishing himself and his company as representative of English classical theatre. In 1895 he became the first actor to be awarded a knighthood, indicating full acceptance into the higher circles of British society.
Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm (London 24 August 1872 – 20 May 1956 Rapallo) was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist. He was educated at Charter House and Merton College, Oxford, where he met some of his dearest and most influential friends, including William Rothenberg, Oscar Wilde, and Aubrey Beardsley, among others. The first public exhibition of his caricatures was as part of a group show at the Fine Art Society in 1896; his first one-man show at the Carfax Gallery in 1901. He was influenced by French cartoonists such as "Sem" (fr:Georges Goursat) and "Caran d'Ache" (Emmanuel Poir). Beerbohm was hailed by The Times in 1913 as "the greatest of English comic artists", by Bernard Berenson as "the English Goya", and by Edmund Wilson as "the greatest... portrayer of personalities – in the history of art".
A genuine limited edition lithograph print produced exclusively for 'The World' over 110 years old.