Goethe. Portrait of the author as a young man, perhaps on the occasion of the 1965 reissue of G. H. Lewes's Life of Goethe. Sheet size: 161 × 175 mm. Pen and ink on wove paper. Stamped on verso for publication in the Sunday Telegraph.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate David Frost. Sherlock Holmes, with magnifying glass, and Dr Watson investigate the mysterious rise of the young David Frost, host of That Was The Week That Was. Sheet size: 152 × 189 mm. Pen and ink on wove paper. Stamped on verso for publication in the Sunday Telegraph.
"Tell me, Admiral, what, if anything, are the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fleet up to just now?" On 15 July Eisenhower had authorized Operation Blue Bat for US intervention in the crisis in Lebanon. Forty vessels of the Sixth Fleet, the United States navy's European force, operated in support of around 14,000 troops on the ground. Pen and black ink on wove paper. Stamped on verso for publication in the Daily Mail, 16 July 1958, and with pencil reproduction instructions recto.
"Really, Cathcart, your record of breakages exceeds the Comet's." The latest version of the notoriously accident-prone de Haviland Comet, the world's first jet airliner, was delivered to BOAC in September 1958. Sheet size: 190 × 140 mm. Pen and ink and blue pencil crayon on wove paper. Stamped on verso for publication in the Daily Mail, 18 Sept 1958.
"Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson." Holmes and Watson, as played by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, confer with a station master outside the waiting room. Sheet size: 132 × 190 mm. Pen and ink on wove paper. Stamped on verso for publication in the Sunday Telegraph.
"I propose that instead of the Marseillaise we should sing Charlie is My Darling." Charles de Gaulle was voted back to power as prime minister by the French Assembly during the May 1958 crisis. He led the writing of a new constitution to found the Fifth Republic and was elected its first president the following year. Sheet size: 191 × 139 mm. Pen and ink on wove paper. One of the heads with pasted overslip. Stamped on verso for publication in the Daily Mail, 28 May 1958.
"Well, after all, Picasso had his blue period too." Two pedestrians read billboards, one noting "John Osborne 'saddened' by Paul Slickey notices", the other "Picasso Painting sold for £ 55,000". John Osborne's The World of Paul Slickey, a musical satire of the tabloid press, premiered on 5 May 1959 and proved one of the most resounding flops in modern theatrical history.