Ben Uri collection

Mr John Drinkwater Reading

Series: Celebrities in Caricature

Artist information

Name Mark Wayner (1888-1980)

Born Lomza, Poland

Died Saffron Walden, Essex, England

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A direct contemporary of Mark Gertler and Jacob Kramer, Polish-born Wayner immigrated to London with his parents in 1893. Despite an impoverished childhood, he displayed an early flair for drawing and, after an artistic apprenticeship, studied at the Craft School affiliated to the Royal College of Art and then briefly at the Slade School from 1909–10, assisted by a Jewish Educational Aid Society (JEAS) grant (which was withdrawn due to poor attendance). David Bomberg and Jacob Epstein subsequently selected his work for inclusion in the controversial ‘Jewish Section’ in the important Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibition: Twentieth Century Art: a Review of Modern Movements in May 1914. Wayner established a reputation as a caricaturist and published two volumes of Celebrities in Caricature in 1931 and c. 1940, each wittily portraying contemporary notables from the worlds of politics and the arts alongside key Jewish figures.

Object Details

Date 1931

Object type print

Medium stone lithograph on paper

Materials and techniques lithography (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 37.2 x 25.3 cm

Signed lower left: Wayner

Accession number 1987-424xx

Display status not on display

Part of the series 'Celebrities Today in Caricature: prints by Mark Wayner, 1931-43', this cartoon satirises two well-known poets of the era: John Drinkwater (1882-1937) (on the left) and Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), editor of the poetry anthology 'Wheels' (1916-21) (on the right). The figure in the background has been tentatively identified as Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

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