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Sir Max Beerbohm NEAC NPS (1872-1956)

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm, IS NEAC PS (1872-1956)

Equally valued as a caricaturist and writer, Max Beerbohm sustained an elegant detachment in art and life. Though the tone of his drawings is often lightly wicked, it is also affectionate, for he hated to wound his subjects, most of whom he knew and liked. As a result, he was on safest ground in satirising artists and writers of the past, and in making many self-caricatures.

Max Beerbohm was born at 57 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, on 24 August 1872, the youngest child of Julius Beerbohm, a prosperous corn merchant of mixed Baltic origins, and his second wife, Eliza (née Draper), the sister of his first wife. He was educated at Henry Wilkinson’s preparatory school at 11 Orme Square (1881-85), Charterhouse (1885-90) and Merton College, Oxford (1890-94). Self-taught as an artist, he was an intelligent student of caricature and revered the work of Alfred Bryan and Carlo Pellegrini (Ape).

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