Caricature of the British concert pianist, Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963)
Ink and pencil on buff paper with an added pencil sketch pasted to the recto.
Annotated A BAD LIKENESS OF in pencil above BENNO MOISEIWITCH and Sherborne 1945 in ink. Signed with initials top left WHNB. The pencil sketch annotated BENNO MOSEIWITCH in pencil.
Framed and glazed.
Sight dimensions: 15.8 x 21.5 cms
Moiseiwitsch was one of the most influential and popular concert performers in the middle decades of the 20th century. A close associate of Sergei Rachmaninoff and friend of Nikolai Medtner, he was particularly known for his fluid and romantic style. Born in the Ukraine, he took British citizenship in 1937 and was awarded the CBE in 1946 in recognition of the frequent concerts he performed for British service personnel during World War 2.
For further information, see his Wikipedia entry: