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Fisticuffs on the Lloyd’s floor and history on a café’s wall May 10, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

We are sure this kind of thing would not happen now but there was a time when satirists imagined Lloyd’s underwriters could turn pugilistic at the drop of a pen.

A cartoon featuring an imagined punch-up on the Lloyd’s floor will go under the hammer later this month.

The original artwork: Underwriter dealing with broker who has stolen the best account and signed by the artist, HM Bateman (1887-1970), is expected to fetch between £4,000-£6,000 ($7,900-$11,800) at Bonhams’ sale of Modern Pictures & Illustrations on 22 May.

Australian-born Henry Mayo Bateman studied at the Westminster School of Art and then at Goldsmiths College, selling his first cartoon to Scraps at the age of 16. He went on to contribute regularly to Tatler and Punch, specialising in situations of social embarrassment and creating characters drawn more from feelings and emotion than physical likeness, a style he called “going mad on paper”.

For more information, visit: www.bonhams.com

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