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Mr Wilson Steer

Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)


Signed 'Max' and inscribed with title

Pencil on tinted paper

12 ½ x 7 ¼ inches

Piccadilly Gallery, London;
Thomas Geoffrey Blackwell;
Christie's, London, 6 July 1951, Lot 4, with a Beerbohm of Henry Tonks

Rupert Hart-Davis, A Catalogue of the Caricatures of Max Beerbohm, London: Macmillan, 1972, No 1592

'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 23

Philip Wilson Steer, OM NEAC (1860-1942) was a leading British Impressionist. After studying art in Paris, he returned to England, where he assimilated the influences of James McNeill Whistler and such French painters as Edgar Degas and Jules Bastien-Lepage. In 1886, he helped to establish the New English Art Club as a focus for Impressionist inspired artists. However, by 1894, he had begun to effect a radical change of style by synthesising such French influences with exemplars of the British landscape tradition, notably Constable and Turner. He inculcated the essentials of this singularly British Impressionism, from 1893 to 1910, as a teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art, as an assistant to Professor Fred Brown.

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