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James Joyce (1921)
© National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

James Joyce was ‘blessed’ in the first issue of the magazine Blast. Although an oil painting of Joyce was never done, Lewis made numerous pen and ink drawings of him, highlighting his “large powerful spectacles, and a small gingerbread beard.” The two enjoyed drinking sessions together and Lewis “took a great fancy to him for his wit, for the agreeable humanity of which he possessed such stores, for his unaffected love of alcohol, and all good things to eat and drink.” However, the friendship became strained after Lewis’s long criticism of Joyce’s writing and each ended up satirising the other in their works of fiction.