Thomas Heath Robinson

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Thomas Heath Robinson
1869-1950
"I am Winthrop Lyle"
ca. 1903
Pen and black ink over graphite, on illustration board.
13 5/8 x 9 5/16 inches (347 x 236 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.2116
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Signed in pen and ink at lower left, "T.H. Robinson"; in pencil within the margin at foot: "A perfect disappearance No. 4"; and "I am Winthrop Lyle"; in pencil on verso, "3 1/2 ".

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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Title from item.
Drawing for an illustration for a work of fiction entitled "A perfect disappearance"; possibly a novel or short story by Talbot Smith published under that title ca. 1903.

Summary: 

Drawing shows three men beside a fireplace; one of them, a young man, sits in a chair at left, smoking a pipe, as an older man wearing spectacles and sitting next to him at right, leans forward to address him. Another older gentleman stands behind them with his hands tucked into his trouser waist as he listens attentively.

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