Cartoons & Characters (1928)

‘LYNX’ (Dame Rebecca West 1892-1983)

Lions and Lambs (with interpretations by ‘LYNX')

Published: Jonathan Cape

Date: 1928

A first edition (1928) inscribed: “To Mr & Mrs Gerald Wathen from the Lynx and Lynx-cub Christmas 1928”. The 'Lynx' was the pseudonym of Rebecca West (the stage name of Cicely Isabel Fairfield). She became involved in the women’s suffrage movement and worked as a journalist for the feminist weekly ‘Freewoman’ and the ‘Clarion’, drumming up support for the suffragette cause. After writing a provocative review of H. G. Well’s novel ‘Marriage’ the two met and became lovers in late 1913. Their ten-year affair produced a son, Anthony West (author & critic) and their friendship lasted until Wells's death in 1946. This book contains Low's cartoons & West's satirical pieces on leading figures of the day including Augustus John; Ramsay MacDonald; Joseph Conrad; Winston Churchill; G. K. Chesterton; George Bernard Shaw; A. A. Milne; H. G. Wells & others.

Provenance
(Gerald Wathen was the headmaster at ’The Hall’ a North London prep school in which ‘the Lynx-cub’ – her son by the author H. G. Wells – was enrolled after being unhappy at a previous establishment)

Illustrated
b/w. cartoons & caricatures

Condition
Near Fine

Binding
green cloth

£250

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