John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes by Gwendolen Raverat, 1908. Pen and ink and watercolour.
The most influential figure in twentieth-century economic theory and practice, John Maynard Keynes was the editor of the Economic Journal (1912-45) and the author of The Economic Consequences of the Peace, A Treatise on Money (1930) and the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. Closely connected with the Bloomsbury group, he married the Russian ballerina, Lydia Lopokova, in 1925. This informal drawing of him reading is thought to show him when he was in his mid-twenties before he had the appendicitis which caused him to gain weight. It is by Gwen Raverat, a childhood friend of the artist, whose sister Margaret married Keynes’s brother Geoffrey.
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