Pastel on card and measures 44cm x 33.5 cm
This portrait of Waugh is by the Vorticist painter Frederick Etchells and is signed by him in the top right corner using an anagram of his surname ‘T. Chesell’
Top left is an inscription, also by Etchells, ( checked against examples of his handwriting held at King’s College Cambridge): “Not to be shown. Unfinished rendering of Evelyn Waugh at an early age – T.C.”
On the back is a fairly detailed description, in the hand of Robert Heber-Percy, of the career of Etchells. Heber-Percy, known as ‘Mad Boy’, was the partner of Lord Berners and lived with him at Faringdon House in Oxfordshire. Berners died in 1950 at which point Heber-Percy inherited the house and remained there till his death in 1987. The picture dates
from the mid-thirties when Etchells and Waugh were among the many visitors to Berners in Oxfordshire and also in his London home.
Judging from the inscription and use of anagrammatical signature, Etchells was anxious about the possibility of Waugh seeing this deliberately unflattering caricature .
Provenance; from the estate of Lord Berners