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Humorous caricaturist and writer, born in London, his half-brother being the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm-Tree. Educated at Charterhouse and Oxford University, Max was a leading figure in 1890s literary London. First published drawings appeared in The Strand Magazine in 1892 and he contributed to The Yellow Book. He succeeded Bernard Shaw as dramatic critic of the Saturday Review. First book of caricatures, Caricatures of Twenty-Five Gentlemen, was published in 1896 and he had his first one-man show at the Carfax Gallery eight years later. He was associated with the Leicester Galleries, NEAC, National Portrait Society and IS. From 1910, apart from the war years, he lived mainly in Rapallo, Italy. Tate Gallery holds his work. As well as his drawings Max was famous for his novel Zuleika Dobson, 1911, a fantastic picture of Oxford life, his essays and his broadcasts, all tinged with a dandyish flair.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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