by Feliks Topolski
oil on canvas, 1943
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/8 in. (765 mm x 638 mm)
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- Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), Novelist and social commentator. Sitter associated with 77 portraits.
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- Feliks Topolski (1907-1989), Artist. Artist of 12 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.
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H.G. Wells's science-based futuristic novels, such as The Time Machine (1895) and The Shape of Things to Come (1933), gained a retrospective glamour for predicting air warfare and the atomic bomb. Other works include socialist pamphlets, educational tracts and loosely autobiographical novels like The History of Mr Polly (1910). Topolski painted him holding his last book-pamphlet The Mind at the End of its Tether'(1945).