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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 696-696.19

Max Beerbohm papers


Chiefly caricatures, portraits, costume design drawings, and lithographs by British author and caricaturist Max Beerbohm.


  • Creation: 1882-1949

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2 linear feet (3 boxes and 16 volumes)

Consists chiefly of caricatures, portraits, costume design drawings (chalk, crayon, pen, pencil, ink, wash, watercolor), and lithographs. Also includes letters to Mabel Beardsley, poems and other compositions written for or with Sir William Rothenstein, and Beerbohm's short story "A. V. Laider." Also contains a photograph of Beerbohm as a boy, a portrait drawing of Beerbohm by Powys Evans ("Quiz"), clippings, and a self-portrait of Beerbohm.

Biographical / Historical

Beerbohm was a British author and caricaturist.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. pfMS Eng 696: Drawings
  2. II. fMS Eng 696.1: Letters to various correspondents
  3. III. MS Eng 696.2-696.19: Other papers

Please note that item number 16 was inadvertently omitted from Series II.

Physical Location

gen, f, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-326F. Transferred from the Theatre Collection, Widener Library; received 20 Mar. 1945.

48M-93-116; 119-133PF; 48M-145-146; and 48M-150-151. Gift of A.E. Gallatin, Esq., 655 Park Avenue, New York, NY; received 17 Jan. 1949.

48-757PF-759PF. Gift of A.E. Gallatin, Esq., 655 Park Ave., New York, NY; received Jan. 17 1949.

49M-113. Gift of Edward Weeks, Esq., The Atlantic Monthly, 8 Arlington Street, Boston, Mass.; received 4 March 1950.

50M-163F-164F. Gift of A.E. Gallatin, Esq., 655 Park Ave., New York, NY; received 1950 Dec. 18.

52M-220. Purchased with the C.M. Parker Fund from Elkin Mathews Ltd., Takeley Bishops Stortford, Herts, England; received 3 Apr. 1953.

53M-57F. Purchased with Morris Gray Fund; received 20 Nov. 1953.

58M-32F. Purchaed with the F.E. Chase Fund from Bertram Rota Ltd., Vigo Street, London, W.1; received Aug. 1958.

60M-63. Purchased with the Livingston Fund from James F. Drake, 302 East 41st St., NY 17; received Dec. 1960.

60M-96. Purchased with the C.M. Parker fund; received Jan. 1961.

60M-97. Purchased with the Livingston fund; received Jan. 1961.

60M-98. Purchased with the C.M. Parker fund; received Jan. 1961.

60M-120. Purchased with Livingston Fund from Seven Gables Bookshop, 3 West 46th Street, New York, NY; received Jan. 1961.

60M-121. Purchased with A.H. Parker Fund; received Mar 1961.

60M-184. Purchased with Duplicate money; received Apr. 1961.

63M-101. Purchased with the Amy Lowell Fund from Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd., The Leicester Galleries, 4 Audley Street, London W.1.; received Jan. 1964.

67M-118. Gift of Mr. A.N.L. Munby, King's College, Cambridge, England; received April 1968.

Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956. Max Beerbohm papers, circa 1882-1949: Guide.
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