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Drawings and Water Colours / WD622

Dinner to the Right Hon Lord Mersey of Toxteth and the Right Hon Sir Samuel T Evans

Artist/Maker: Hawkes, C.P. [active: 1895-1943]

Ink and blue crayon on cream laid paper

383 x 270 mm.
Gift: Miss Margaret Hicks, Tormarton, Glos. 1991

John Charles Bigham (Lord Mersey) (1840-1929) was a judge and MP who was appointed President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division in 1909, a job he relinquished soon after in 1910 as it proved to be unchallenging. He later became the appointed commissioner for the inquiry into the sinking of the 'Titanic'. Sir Samuel T. Evans (1859-1918) was a former student of Aberystwyth and MP for Mid-Glamorgan between 1890 and 1910. He acted as Solicitor General under Asquith, 1908-1910, after which he was appointed Lord Mersey's follower as President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division. He occupied this post until 1918, the year in which he died. He also undertook the role of Judge of the Court of the Admiralty in World War I. This drawing would have been printed, at a reduced size, as an invitation to a dinner celebrating the passing on of the Presidency from Lord Mersey to Samuel Evans. Whether this dinner actually took place at the Hotel Cecil or Cafe Royal is unclear

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