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Forrest, Bob

Ronald Balfour (1896-1941). Bob Forrest. Manchester : [Bob Forrest], 2020. 16 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some in colour) ; 30 cm.
Rubaiyat Artists No. 16.

A study of Ronald Balfour’s frequently puzzling illustrations of The Rubaiyat, first published in 1920 and again in a revised edition in 1930. The article reveals much new information about the artist’s hitherto little–known life, now available thanks to online ancestry records and digital newspaper archives. It turns out not to be the story of a struggling artist, but the story of a privileged family and an involvement with fashionable ‘Society’ in the 1930s.

Online available in the Notes and Queries Index