Beerbohm

Max Beerbohm was an essayist and novelist whom Hilaire Belloc called "the greatest modern writer of English prose." He also drew cartoons and caricatures, which prompted lit critic Edmund Wilson to dub him "the greatest... portrayer of personalities – in the history of art." Two greatests. Not bad.

Below are two of Beerbohm's self-portraits. "The Theft" depicts him stealing a book from the library in 1894. "The Restitution" shows him returning the same book in 1920.

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