Design for Enamel of the Sitwells

Original Pencil and Watercolour Caricature Of The Sitwells

SASSOON, Siegfried

SASSOON, Siegfried Design for Enamel of the Sitwells Original Pencil and Watercolour Caricature Of The Sitwells

14 x 10cm. Original pencil and watercolour caricature on The Sitwells. On paper. Captioned by Sassoon in pencil, "Design for Enamel". There is also an earlier title in pencil, partially erased but also in Sassoon's hand, which reads "Putting their heads together". In very good condition, mounted and framed.

A fine caricature by Siegfreid Sassoon of Edith, Osberth and Sachie Sitwell.
Sassoon first made contact with the Sitwells in 1917, when Edith wrote admiringly to him of his protest against the war. But over the following years,
"he became irritated by their petty quarrels, their publicity seeking - which he thought copied from Whistler and Wilde - and their literary self-indulgence... A part of the trouble was that their taste for the fantastic and for modernism, and their contempt for the Georgians, made Sassoon feel old-fashioned, even dull" (Egremont).
They became a favourite subject for Sassoon's private caricature and ridicule, as seen in the present example.

PROVENANCE: From the estate of Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).

Stock ID: 42468

£1,250.00

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