Majl Ewing Collection on Max Beerbohm MS.1969.005

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Fenning Marschall
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90018
(323) 731-8529

Title: Max Beerbohm Collection of Majl Ewing
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1969.005
Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.0 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1896-1966, undated
Abstract: Original artwork and prints created by (or related to) caricaturist, author and artist Max Beerbohm. The items in this collection were a donation from the estate of UCLA Professor Majl Ewing.
Physical Location: Clark Library
Language of Materials: Materials in English.


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Max Beerbohm Collection of Majl Ewing, MS.1969.005, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Note

This collection was compiled by Majl Ewing and donated to the Clark Library after his 1967 death.

Processing Information

This collection was physically processed by Derek Quezada in 2011 and the finding aid was written by Rebecca Fenning Marschall in June 2012.

Biographical Note

Max Beerbohm was born Henry Maximilian Beerbohm on August 24, 1872, the youngest son of Julius and Eliza Beerbohm. His older half-brother was the actor and theater manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree. "Max" (as he was always known) was educated at Charterhouse and Merton College, Oxford, where he met some of his dearest and most influential friends, including William Rothenberg, Oscar Wilde, and Aubrey Beardsley, among others. He left Oxford in 1894 without a degree and around the same time, gained prominence as an essayist and caricaturist. From 1898 to 1910, he was also the drama critic for the Saturday Review. In 1910, he married American actress Florence Kahn and moved with her to Rapallo, Italy, where they would live the rest of their lives (with travels home to Britain during both World Wars and for their respective work). Beerbohm died in 1956.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains original art and prints by or related to Max Beerbohm, dating from approximately 1890 to 1964, and collected by UCLA English Professor Majl Ewing in the 1950s-1960s.


This collection is arranged in two series: Series I. Original work and prints by Max Beerbohm; Series II: Work by others and collection notes.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Conder, Charles Edward, 1868-1909
Ewing, Majl
Rothenstein, William, 1872-1945
Caricatures--19th century.
Drawings (visual works)--England--19th century


Original Artwork and Prints by Max Beerbohm Series I.  1896-1928

Box 1, Folder 2

"Didi" (line drawing of his mother's dog) 1903

Box 1, Folder 3

Sketch of Swinburne, Rossetti and a Pre-Raphaelite lady for a fresco in Villino Chiaro


Hart-Davis 1281.
Box 1, Folder 4

Pencil and watercolor sketch of a girl's face in a Regency mirror

Box 1, Folder 7

Granville Barker (ink and pencil) ca. 1907


Hart-Davis 92.
Box 1, Folder 8

Self portrait as Otto von Bismarck (pencil)


Hart-Davis 1439.
Box 1, Folder 9

"Walter Ledgett and Felix Argallo" (pencil sketch of characters from Seven Men ca 1919


Hart-Davis 1860.
Box 1, Folder 13

"These things adjudged perfect: 1. Beerbohm 2. Packmann 3. Genee" (pen, self portrait)


Hart-Davis 1437.
Box 1, Folder 10

"Some masters of forty years ago" (ink & blue wash) 1928


Caricature of masters from Charterhouse School in 1888.
Hart-Davis 664A.
Box 1, Folder 11

"Vague memories of some of them" (red crayon and blue wash) ca 1928


Caricatures of Charterhouse School faculty. For P.L. Ingpen.
Hart-Davis 665.
Box 1, Folder 12

Florence Beerbohm portrait (pencil and wash) 1913

Box 1, Folder 14

"Mr Charles Brookfield" (pencil and wash)


Hart-Davis 183.
Box 1, Folder 15

Big nosed man in evening dress, speaking from a stage (ink and pastel)


Hart-Davis 1714.
Box 1, Folder 16

"Miss Mona Limerick" (ink and wash) 1909


Hart-Davis 937.
Box 1, Folder 17

"The Perfidious Devotee" (George Wyndham) (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1816.
Box 1, Folder 18

"The Amateur Nurse" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1947.
Box 1, Folder 19

"Apollo and Marsyas, ie, Kipling and Alfred Austen" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 52.
Box 1, Folder 20

Head and shoulders of a bored soldier with a rifle (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1948.
Box 1, Folder 21

"The British Volunteer" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1949.
Box 1, Folder 22

"The Yellow Peril" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1950.
Box 1, Folder 23

"Herbert Gladstone" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 582.
Box 1, Folder 24

"The Unsuccessful Decoy" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1952.
Box 1, Folder 25

"Southampton Docks" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1953.
Box 1, Folder 26

"Controllers of our Naval Policy" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1954.
Box 1, Folder 27

"Napoleon Crossing the Alps" (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1082.
Box 1, Folder 28

Big fish caught on hooks resembling a soldier and a sailor (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1955.
Box 3, Folder 13

Paper covers for A Survey by Max Beerbohm 1921

Box 2, Folder 1

Pencil sketches of men in profile from the collection of Reginald Turner

Box 2, Folder 2

Part of the fresco at Rapallo, showing the heads of Reginald Turner, George Moore, A.W. Pinero, Rudyard Kipling and William Rothenstein (pencil and pastel)

Box 2, Folder 3

Sketch for "Draughting a Bill at the Board of Trade" ca 1909


Hart-Davis 330.
Box 2, Folder 4

James Stephens (ink)


Hart-Davis 1597.
Box 2, Folder 5

"Mr. Harry Melvill" (ink and wash) ca 1901


Hart-Davis 1026.
Box 2, Folder 6

Sketch for "Annual meting of Mr. Stirling Stuart-Crawford, Mr. Augustus John and Lord Ribblesdale to protest against the fashions for the coming spring (ink and wash) 1909


Hart-Davis 824.
Box 2, Folder 7

"Mr. Lawrence Binyon"


Hart-Davis 143.
Box 2, Folder 8

GB Shaw and Anatole France 1904


Hart-Davis 1483.
Box Library cubicle 12

"The British Drama (that internal invalid)" 1923


Hart-Davis 95.
Box Library catalog office

"I beg your pardon: but could you tell me the way to Downing Street?" (Arthur James Balfour) (published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 61.
Box Library catalog office

G.K. Chesterton gesticulating in evening dress


Hart-Davis 315.
Box Library cubicle 12

"A Memory of Mr. Andrew Lang" 1926


Hart-Davis 892.
Box Library catalog office

William Wordsworth taking notes on a sailor's conversation (published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1809.
Box Library cubicle 12

"Walt Whitman, inciting the bird of freedom to soar" (reproduction, published in The Poet's Corner) ca 1904


Hart-Davis 1776.
Box Library cubicle 12

"Wordsworth in the Lake District, at cross purposes" (reproduction, published in The Poet's Corner) ca 1904


Hart-Davis 1810.
Box Library cubicle 13

"Mr. W.B. Yeats presenting Mr. George Moore to the Queen of the Fairies" (reproduction, published in The Poet's Corner) ca 1904


Hart-Davis 1827.
Box Library cubicle 13

"The Celtic Renaissance" (George Moore & W.B. Yeats) (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 1046.
Box Library blue hallway

"Dramatic critics, arboricultural and otherwise" (AB Walkley and Max) 1907


Hart-Davis 1730
Box 2, Folder 9

Richard LeGallienne standing on a pile of books (ink, published in The World) 1900


Hart-Davis 914.
Box 2, Folder 10

Cover image for The Poets' Corner 1904


Hart-Davis 1420.
Box 4, Folder 2

Self portrait in top hat (pencil)


Hart-Davis 1431.

Vanity Fair caricatures (reproductions)

Box 3, Folder 2

"From the Villino Chiaro" by Douglas Cleverdon, The Listener, 22 December 1960

Box 3, Folder 3

"Our First Novelist" (George Meredith) 24 Sept 1896

Note: 2 copies. Hart-Davis 1034.
Box 3, Folder 4

"The St James's" (George Alexander) 20 January 1909


Hart-Davis 10.
Box 3, Folder 5

"The Belgian Poet" (Maurice Maeterlinck) 22 July 1908


Hart-Davis 1005.
Box 3, Folder 6

"Magnetic, he has the power to infect almost everyone with the delight that he takes in himself" (George Bernard Shaw) 28 December 1905


Hart-Davis 1485.
Box 3, Folder 7

"Four Feathers" (AEW Mason) 10 June 1908


Hart-Davis 1021.
Box 3, Folder 8

"He is very affluent" (WJ Galloway) 11 January 1906


Hart-Davis 565.
Box 3, Folder 9

"Though it is an arguable point..." (AW Pinero and George Bernard Shaw) 1 February 1906


Hart-Davis 1168.
Box 3, Folder 10

"A Great Realist" (John Singer Sargent) 24 February 1909


Hart-Davis 1367.
Box 3, Folder 11

"Unlike Wilkes..." (M. de Soveral) 2 October 1907


Hart-Davis 1566.
Box 3, Folder 12

"Max" by Walter Sickert 9 December 1897

Box 4, Folder 3

"Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table-Talking" 1904


Work by Others and Collection Notes Series II.  1905-1966

Box 3, Folder 15

Proof with Majl Ewing's corrections of "Lines written in a copy of the plays of Shakespeare," keepsake for the joint meeting of the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs 1964

Box 3, Folder 14

"Lines written in a copy of the plays of Shakespeare," keepsake for the joint meeting of the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs 1964

Note: 16 copies.
Box 3, Folder 1

TLS from Joseph Branstein to Majl Ewing regarding Roxburghe/Zamorano keepsake 7 October 1964

Box 3, Folder 1

Majl Ewing's acquisition notes and correspondence from book dealers 1956-1964

Box 1, Folder 6

Two ink and wash studies of Max Beerbohm from Suzanne and Edgar Ewing 1965-1966


Inscription: "To invoke the spirit of Max for Carmelita and Majl - with very best wishes 1965-1966. Suzanne and Edgar Ewing."
Box 1, Folder 5

William Rothenstein, pencil sketch of Max Beerbohm (unsigned)

Box 1, Folder 1

Charles Conder portrait of "Max" 1905


Inscribed: "To Max Beerbohm affection[ate] homages from C. Conder, 1905."