Portrait of the Poet Arthur Symons in a hat, reading, c. 1920
Charcoal on tanned paper
11.5 x 10 inches
The Estate of the Artist; Davis & Langdale Co, New York
Note: British poet, critic, and translator Arthur Symons was born in Wales and educated by private tutors. At 16, Symons moved to London, where he joined a vibrant literary community and participated, alongside poets like William Butler Yeats, in the notorious Rhymers' Club, a group of poets and writers responsible for witty repartee anthologies such as The Book of the Rhymers' Club (1892), in which Symons's poems appeared.
Symons's literary career was cut short by a devastating mental breakdown in 1908. Little of his writing after that point has been published, save his volume Confessions: A Study in Pathology (1930). Posthumously published papers include The Memoirs of Arthur Symons: Life and Art in the 1890s (1977) and Arthur Symons: Selected Letters 1880-1935 (1989). He died in Kent, England. Selections of his papers are held at the Princeton University Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.