Sir Jerrold Baxter-Morley, K.C.

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A rare portrait of Sir Jerrold Baxter-Morley, K.C., believed to have been made by Otto Büchstein in depths of his dengue fever in Mandalay in 1905.

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Sir Jerrold Baxter-Morley, K.C. is an apocryphal commercial silk, once a leading light of the courts of chancery but these days a little past his finest moments, who nonetheless features in many of the Jolly Contrarian’s favourite cases. Sir Jerrold grew up on a plantation on the outskirts of old Bombay, fought in the Boer War, and found his commercial feet acting for the managers of the Slavenburg Bank. Often crossed swords with the then Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Cocklecarrot M.R.

Sir Jerrold was a patron of the arts, and loved opera in particular. According to one telling of the story, it was he who commissioned Otto Büchstein’s fabled, never completed and now long-lost tragic-comic opera Die Schweizer Heulsuse as Büchstein lay dying of tropical diseases in a Burmese infirmary.

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