The phrase "touch of a vanished hand" — itself virtually a Victorian icon — comes from the climactic section 95 of Tennyson's In Memoriam, where the poet's mystic experience provides the culmination of the hand imagery that runs through the poem. Here Beerbohm wryly applies it to the sordid matter of forgeries of Dante Rossetti's drawings by the adventurer, Charles Augustus Howell and Howell's artist-friend, Rosa Corder [GPL].
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Beerbohm, Max. Rossetti and His Circle. London: William Heinemann, 1922.