England? T.B., 1933. T.B. Original pencil drawing. Framed and matted. SIGNED by H. G. Wells, an original pencil sketch of Wells on an off-white 5 x 7 card, SIGNED below in fountain pen by the Author with a flourish. Matted and framed to an overall size of 10" x 12." Fine / None. Item #1878
An attractive and accurate pencil portrait of the famed author in his prime presumably by an admirer that has been SIGNED by H.G. Wells. Slight surface scuffing above the signature (possibly from a removed inscription). We have been unable to identify "T.B."
Accompanied by a PSA/DNA Certificate of Authenticity.
Herbert George "H.G." Wells (1866-1946) was a profound English writer. He was prolific in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, social commentary, textbooks, and even rules for war games. Wells is often best remembered for his science fiction novels and is called a "father of science fiction," along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.
His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology. He was excellent at drawing and began to draw pictures and diagrams at an early age--hence probably his pleasure at signing this highly detailed portrait sketch by one of his many admirers. Wells also loved to annotate some of his books with what he called "Picshuas": little cartoonish sketches that he sometimes drew.
His thinking on scientific and ethical matters took place in a profoundly (social) Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, at which time he wrote less science fiction.
His social novels, like Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle-class life, led to some feeling that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens. Wells also critiqued English society in the novel Tono-Bungay (1909).