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Mr Walter Herries Pollock

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)



Watercolour with bodycolour and pencil on tinted paper

12 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches

Vanity Fair, 31 December 1892, Men of the Day No 553, 'The Saturday Review'

'The Long Nineteenth Century: Treasures and Pleasures', Chris Beetles Gallery, March - April 2014, No 141;
'Chris Beetles Summer Show', 2021, No 62

The second son of Sir William Frederick Pollock, Walter Herries Pollock (1850-1926) was best known as the editor the London weekly newspaper, the Saturday Review, from 1884 to 1894. On leaving the position, he moved to Chawton to devote himself to his writing and, in 1899, produced a major study of Jane Austen, a previous resident of that Hampshire village. His wide-ranging output included essays, novels, plays and poems, as well as translations from French, and he numbered Egerton Castle and Rudyard Kipling among the members of his wide literary circle.

In addition, Pollock participated in the first revival of historical fencing in Britain, and gained repute as the finest amateur fencer in the country. In 1897, he contributed to Fencing, Boxing and Wrestling for the Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes published by Longmans, Green & Company.

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