Collection Online
pen and ink and watercolour over pencil laid down
41.7 × 33.7 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
Inscribed in ink in speech bubble l.l.: Mr Henry James / revisiting America / Extract from his unspoken thoughts / …’So that in fine, let, without further / beating about the bush me make to myself / amazed acknowledgement that, but for the certificate / of birth which I have – so quite indubitably – on me, / I might, in regarding (and, as it somewhat were, overseeing) / à l'oeil de voyageur, these dear good people, find hard / to swallow, or even to take by subconscious injection, / the great idea that I am-oh, ever so indigenously!- / one of them ……
Inscribed in captions in back row:
Cowboy: ‘Guess’e ken shoot charcter at sight’
Indian: ‘Hail, great white novelist! Tuniyaha – the spinner of fine cobwebs’
Black woman: Why it’s masser Henry! Come to your old nurse’s arms, honey!
Very large fat man: ‘What’s – the matter with - James?
Fair woman with Edwardian figure: ‘he’s alright’man with a hat and cheroot: ‘Who’s- all-right’
Short fat man: James
Front row:
Litt’e girl: My, ain’t he cree-ative?’
Dancing black person leaning over backwards, doing the cake walk: ‘We wants you might badly – yes we doo!’
Accession Number
International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1953
© The Estate of Max Beerbohm
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Humour and Satire Literary and Text
Subjects (specific)
authors caricatures cartoons (humorous images) expatriates James, Henry orations