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    Roger Fry’s 1911 portrait of E.M. Forster is at Bonham’s Modern British and Irish art sale in London on July 1. In that year Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) had recently reached a new audience and a breadth of critical acclaim with his fourth novel Howards End, published in 1910.  Friends from King’s College included the writer Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862-1932) and Roger Fry (1866-1934). Dickinson and Fry were close friends and both followed with great interest Forster’s career, beginning with his first novel Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905). Over the years, Fry seems to have read everything Forster published. There was great praise for A Passage to India (1924) – ‘a marvelous texture – really beautiful writing,’ he wrote to Virginia Woolf. In an early draft of A Room with a View, Forster included a character called Rankin (later dropped from the novel), an art historian attending tea-parties in Florence. The estimate for the work is £30,000-50,000.

    ROGER FRY (BRITISH, 1866-1934)
    Portrait of E.M. Forster. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £352,062

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