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Sir Muirhead Bone. 1876-1953.

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The Tuscania leaving New York. 1923. Photolithograph. 10 5/16 x 12 1/2 (sheet 11 3/4 x 14). Printed on grey wove paper. Signed, titled and dedicated 'To E[ugene} N[oble]. New York. July 23, 1923' in pencil. $650.

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Bone met Joseph Conrad in 1923 aboard the Tuscania when they had connecting cabins. Bone's brother David was captain of the ship and instructed his officers to address Conrad as captain, in deference to his former career as a mariner. Conrad sat for Conrad Listening to Music. on 22 May 1923 at Folly Farm, Great Barrington, (Connecticut or Massachusetts, when he was listening to Brahms, one of three drypoint portraits that Bone made of him in America. It was published in 1926 Bone later wrote an account of the voyage which was published in the Manchester Guardian on 1 and 26 August 1924 and also persuaded Conrad to sit for Epstein.

Joseph Conrad (born Teodor Józef Konrad Korzeniowski, 3 December 1857 - 3 August 1924) was a Polish-born British novelist. Orphaned at the age of eleven, he was placed in the care of his maternal uncle, Tadeusz Bobrowski, in Kraków, who allowed Conrad to travel to Marseille and begin a career as a seaman at the age of 16.In 1878, after a failed suicide attempt, Conrad took service on his first British ship bound for Constantinople, before its return to Lowestoft, his first landing in Britain. He did not become fluent in English until the age of 21, and in 1886 gained both his Master Mariner's certificate and British citizenship, officially changing his name to "Joseph Conrad." He later lived in London and near Canterbury, Kent. Conrad was to serve a total of sixteen years in the British merchant marine. During his sea voyages, he began writing short stories, novels and memoirs, and subsequently became one of the leading twentieth-century novelists.

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