Sir Desmond MacCarthy

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Literary journalist. A gifted conversationalist, he was a member of the Apostles at Trinity College, Cambridge and began his journalistic career as a contributor to The Spectator. He was a friend of Bertrand Russell, Thomas Hardy and Henry James, and was invited by Roger Fry to become secretary for the first Post-Impressionist exhibition. Although he refused to see himself as a member of Bloomsbury, he was a founding member of the Memoir Club in 1920, and a regular at Fitzroy Square parties. His output as a critic was prolific and highly respected.

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Sir Desmond MacCarthy




oil on canvas


H 91.4 x W 84.5 cm

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Purchased, 1971

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