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Watercolour drawing - The Saga of Letitia and Rachel
  • The Saga of Letitia and Rachel
    Robertson, Walford Graham, born 1867 - died 1948
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The Saga of Letitia and Rachel

  • Object:

    Watercolour drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1911-13 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robertson, Walford Graham, born 1867 - died 1948 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Guy Tristram Little

  • Museum number:

    E.2747-1953

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 100, box A

Physical description

One of 23 pen and ink and watercolour cartoons telling a satirical story about a make-believe wedding between the artist and two young girls with theatrical references.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1911-13 (made)

Artist/maker

Robertson, Walford Graham, born 1867 - died 1948 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with caption

Object history note

The bridegroom in the Saga is a caricature of the artist, while his best man is almost certainly Mabel Beardsley. The two brides represent two little girls who were known to the artist - Rachel is almost definitely Rachel Hill, the little girl who appears in a 1914 self-portrait painted by the artist that is now in the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. Other caricatures in the story include Charles de Sousy Ricketts, Vaslav Nijinsky, the artist's publisher William Heinemann (as the "Valued Friend") and possibly the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell as "The Proper Authorities" in the 16th instalment. The text accompanying the Saga mentions the sculptor Jacob Epstein, the art connoisseur and collector, Sir Edmund Davis, and the poet and diplomat Douglas Ainslie, as well as making reference to Mabel Beardsley renting the Victoria and Albert Museum for a tea party.

- Daniel Milford-Cottam (28/02/2017)

Descriptive line

W. Graham Robertson. 'The Saga of Letitia and Rachel.' Series of 23 comic drawings, British, 1911-13.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963

Materials

Pen and ink and watercolour

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Children & Childhood; Marriage; Fashion; Men's clothes; Women's clothes

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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