Max Beerbohm portrait of Sir Arthur Sullivan – £2400 at Forum Auctions.

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The chap with rather cross-looking, walrus moustachioed features seen above wrote the music for the Savoy operas.

Executed in graphite and grey wash, and last seen at auction at Christie’s in 1976, this portrait of Sir Arthur Sullivan sold at £2400.

An ink, pencil and grey wash caricature of Beerbohm’s friend, the American portrait painter John Singer Sargent, also its companion in that earlier King Street sale, made £4800 this time out.

The portrait of Sargent was made for a 1900 Christmas supplement of The World.