Mr. Asquith in Office (“Come one, come all, this rock shall fly / From its firm base as soon as I”). Max Beerbohm.

Mr. Asquith in Office (“Come one, come all, this rock shall fly / From its firm base as soon as I”).

1913.

Gouache and wash over pencil, titled and signed "Max 1913" (lower right). 12-7/8 x 11-3/4 in. Provenance: Lady Barlow. Exhibited: Leger Galleries, 1913. Literature: Hart-Davis, no. 46. Item #100151

The caption is from Scott’s Lady of Lake. “H.H.A, imperturbably smoking a cigar with a copy of ‘Payne on Statics’ at his feet, is ringed by a shackled peer, a German soldier, a militant worker, a suffragette and Sir Edward Carson” (Hart-Davis).

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