Letter to Myers from J. M. Keynes about the choice of artist to complete the portrait of James Ward, 19130530
Scope and Contents
Keynes recommends Duncan Grant, one of the 'Bloomsbury Group' artists and known for slightly experimental work, as someone to consider as portraitist of Ward. Keynes mentions that he has seen a picture by McEvoy (a favoured candidate) but that in his opinion McEvoy's style is 'old fashioned'. Keynes speaks of the need, nevertheless, to satisfy the 'subscribers' (those who are contributing to the cost of the portrait). Of course, McEvoy was eventually awarded the commission.
Biographical / Historical
Keynes was involved in the choice of portraitist because he and Ward were both members of the 'Cambridge Conversazione' Club, otherwise known as the Apostles.