Thursday, May 18, 2006

West and Low






This is a true rarity and a beauty. A modernised version of "The Rake's Progress" by Rebecca West with drawings by David Low. It was published by Hutchinson in 1934. A wonderful depiction of London's society in the thirties with caricatures of eminent personalities of the period. See how many you can recognise. Tomorrow I'll post the rest of the pictures.
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11 Comments:

Blogger limbolo said...

A quiz!
What larks...Except I don't know many - perhaps any - of the answers.
Top: Can't recognise anyone.
2nd. down: Oswald Mosely in the brown plaid jacket.
Is that Ivor Novello at the piano? And is the big-headed little man above him Elias Canetti?
3rd: Dunno....Evelyn Waugh , the young red-haired man in a blue suit?
4th. Definitley HG Wells peaking round the door. At the desk the big man with the chin could be Ramsay MacDonald...But I don't think he was ever bald.
5th. Rebecca West- the young woman at left with the notepad.

Low was a great draughtsman, but in his day the British ruling class had too much control over cartoonists. Would a Fleet street editor of the 1930's published Steve Bell?...I wonder.

1:51 pm  
Blogger Chuki said...

Grillo, gracias por los descubrimientos. De donde salio
este tipo?
Fijese en este blog http://troesmas.blogspot.com/
que seguro que va a encontrar algunas cosillas que le van a gustar.
Abrazo.

2:52 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Chuki. Tu blog esta formidable. Busca por David Low in Google y vas a ver...Uno de los mas grandes caricaturistas que han existido. Era Neozelandes pero vivia en Inglaterra...Yo tengo tres originales de el en casa..Menchi Sabat lo admira muchisimo.

Limbó: I believe that the piano player is Noel Coward...Douglas Fairbanks is somewhere in the background. Tomorrow I'll post a gorgeous caricature he made of Alfred Hitchcock.

3:21 pm  
Blogger limbolo said...

OK
Then the 'Oswald Mosley' must be Fairbanks (I hope he sued - but then the hideous Mosley was considered handsome at this time.)
The snooty red haired kid with a ciggy at left must be Randolph Churchill.
Is that Gertie Lawrence leaning over darling Noel at the piano?
I can't see Chirac anywhere....But I guess the catering wouldn't have suited him.

3:44 pm  
Blogger Matt J said...

These are just dandy! Exquisite watercolour technique & strong posing. Funny, I was just leafing through Searle's 'RAKES' before I went to your blog.

5:33 pm  
Anonymous Gustavo said...

David Low era íntimo de Valentino...
No, noo, porfavor, no se enoje troesma, en serio, le juro que no volveré a dar crédito a mis informantes!!!!!

6:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Tibio, tibio...Low era amigo de montones de politicos internacionales y estrellas de cine.

6:02 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

.....Churchill, Sigmund Freud y George Bernard Shaw se encontraban entre sus admiradores.

6:05 pm  
Blogger limbolo said...

The party scene:
Osbert Sitwell huggin' up to a guy in a ginger suit over on the far right.
And that's got to be Ernie Bevin refusing a cherry from the chick in the red hat.

6:47 pm  
Blogger limbolo said...

erdhudtthe party:
the big green thing in the background...Is that a GAUDIER-BRESZKA?

5:58 pm  
Anonymous Gustavo said...

Por favor, a la larga lista de sus ilustres admiradores agreguenme a mí.
Entre otras cosas, cómo controla la acuarela!!!!

1:21 am  

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