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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Sources:

William Rothenstein--Item List

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

William Rothenstein:

An Inventory of His Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Rothenstein, William, 1872-1945
Title: William Rothenstein Art Collection
Dates: 1896?-1944?
Abstract: The collection consists of 34 original works of art. The drawings, lithographs, and one oil painting are portraits of various important figures who were contemporaries of Rothenstein.
Extent: 2 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 framed painting (34 items)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

The English portrait artist Sir William Rothenstein was born January 29, 1872, near Bradford, Yorkshire. William Rothenstein was the son of Moritz Rothenstein, who came to England from Hanover in 1859, and the brother of Charles Lambert Rutherston, the collector, and Albert Daniel Rutherston, the artist. William Rothenstein studied for one year at the Slade School in London under Alphonse Legros, after which he spent four years in Paris, where he attended the Académie Julian. While in Paris, Rothenstein met many of the important artists of the time; he was particularly influenced by Whistler, Degas, and Fantin-Latour. After his return to England in 1893, Rothenstein was commissioned by John Lane to execute a series of portraits of Oxford figures, which was published as Oxford Characters: Twenty-four Lithographs (London: J. Lane, 1896). During his life he went on to create over 750 portrait drawings and 135 lithographs.

Rothenstein was a professor of civic art at the University of Sheffield, a principal of the Royal College of Art, a trustee of the Tate Gallery, and a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. He served as an official war artist during World War I, and was an unofficial artist to the Royal Air Force during World War II. Rothenstein died in London on February 14, 1945.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 34 original works of art, dating between 1896 and 1944?, by William Rothenstein. The works (drawings, lithographs, and one oil painting) are portraits of various important figures who were contemporaries of Rothenstein. Subjects include: Maurice Baring, Max Beerbohm, Laurence Binyon, Edward Carpenter, R. B. Cunninghame Graham, Albert Einstein, André Gide, Edmund Gosse, Harley Granville-Barker, Laurence Housman, W. H. Hudson, Henry James, Florence Kahn, Eric Kennington, Frederic Manning, Axel Munthe, George William Russell, George Bernard Shaw, James Stevens, Dame Ellen Terry, and W. B. Yeats. The works are arranged alphabetically by portrait subject.

The Art Collection also has two caricatures by Max Beerbohm of William Rothenstein in its Max Beerbohm Collection. The Ransom Center has in its Manuscripts Collections material related to Rothenstein in the Sir William Rothenstein Collection and in the collection of John Lane Company Records. The Ransom Center's Photography Collection has Rothenstein material in its Literary File.

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Restrictions

Access:

A minimum of twenty-four hours is required to pull art materials to the Reading Room.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases (R16, R162, R830, R1009, R1901, R2109, R2391, R2767, R3011, R3992, R4562), and gift

Provenance

Three items came from the Dobie Collection.

Processed by:

Alice Egan, 1997, and Helen Young, 2001

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Sources:

Ormond, R. L. (1969). In B. S. Myers (Ed.), McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Art (vol. 4, p. 564). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Towndrow, K. R. (1967). Sir William Rothenstein. In L. G. W. Legg & E. T. Williams (Eds.), The Dictionary of National Biography: 1940-1950 (pp. 738-793). London: Oxford University Press.

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William Rothenstein--Item List

 
Box Folder
1 1 65.474
M. Baring [Maurice Baring]. 1925
drawing: red chalk, col. 19.5 x 27.5 cm.

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Folder
FF 3-7 66.29
Max Beerbohm at his Villa Rapallo. 1929
drawing: pastel, col. 39.6 x 51.5 cm.

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Box Folder
1 2 83.11.1-.2
[Max Beerbohm; accompanied by sheet of letterpress]. n.d.
print: lithograph 43.7 x 28 cm.

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Box Folder
1 3 65.230
[Lady Florence Kahn Beerbohm]. 1916
drawing: pencil 34.9 x 27.7 cm.

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Box Folder
1 4 67.46
[Laurence Binyon]. 1928?
print: lithograph 30.5 x 28.4 cm.

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Box Folder
1 5 65.351
[Edward Carpenter]. 1914
drawing: pencil 35.3 x 25.2 cm.

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Box Folder
1 6 67.47
[R. B. Cunninghame Graham]. 1896?
print: lithograph 38 x 28.5 cm.

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Box Folder
1 7 Dobie 260
[R. B. Cunninghame Graham]. 1896?
print: lithograph 38 x 25.5 cm.

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Box Folder
1 8 65.220
[Albert Einstein]. n.d.
drawing: pastel, col. 22.4 x 32.3 cm.

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Box Folder
1 9 65.307
[Andre Gide]. 1918
drawing: pastel, col. 36.5 x 30.8 cm.

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Box Folder
1 10 68.72
[Sir Edmund Gosse]. n.d.
print: lithograph 28.4 x 26.5 cm.

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Box Folder
1 11 65.196
[Harley Granville-Barker]. 1920
drawing: pastel, col. 27.7 x 21.5 cm.

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Box Folder
1 12 73.223
[Laurence Housman]. 1898?
print: lithograph 45.6 x 28.2 cm.

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Box Folder
1 13 80.52
[Laurence Housman]. 1898?
print: lithograph 45.4 x 28.5 cm.

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Box Folder
1 14 Dobie 181
[W. H. Hudson]. 1920
drawing: pastel, col. 36.7 x 26.4 cm.

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Box Folder
1 15 Dobie 259
[W. H. Hudson]. 1944?
print: lithograph 37.5 x 24.9 cm.

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Box Folder
1 16 73.364.1-.2
[Henry James]. n.d.
print: lithograph 37.7 x 25.8 cm.

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Box Folder
1 17 65.282.1-.2
[Eric Kennington]. 1918
drawings: pastel, col. 46.2 x 33.8 cm. or smaller

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Box Folder
1 18 65.352
Frederic Manning. 1921
drawing: pastel, col. 39.3 x 29 cm.

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Box Folder
1 19 65.353
[Axel Munthe]. n.d.
drawing: pastel, col. 39.5 x 28.8 cm.

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Box Folder
2 2 74.6
[A. E. Russell]. n.d.
drawing: pastel, col. 39.2 x 28.6 cm.

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Box Folder
2 3 65.149
[George Bernard Shaw]. 1928
drawing: pastel, col. 39.3 x 29.3 cm.

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Box Folder
2 4 65.345
[George Bernard Shaw]. n.d.
print: lithograph 29.7 x 20.8 cm.

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Box Folder
2 5 65.443
[George Bernard Shaw]. n.d.
drawing: pen and ink 16.9 x 12.2 cm.

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Box Folder
2 5 65.444
[George Bernard Shaw]. n.d.
drawing: pen and ink 19.9 x 13.3 cm.

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Box Folder
2 1 65.498
[George Bernard Shaw, caricature]. n.d.
drawing: pen and ink 13.9 x 9 cm.

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FACVault
FAC Vault (Screen) 70.16
[George Bernard Shaw]. n.d.
painting: oil on panel, col. visible image 44.5 x 34 cm., in frame 61 x 49 cm. FAC Vault (Screen)

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Box Folder
2 6 72.89
First sketch for [illeg.] of James Stevens [i.e. Stephens]. n.d.
drawing: pencil 28.7 x 28.3 cm.

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Box Folder
2 7 73.225
James Stephens. n.d.
print: lithograph 45.4 x 28.5 cm.

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Box Folder
2 8 65.520.4759
Miss Ellen Terry. n.d.
print: lithograph 32.7 x 24.3 cm.

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Box Folder
2 9 65.177
[William Butler Yeats]. 1897
print: lithograph 37.3 x 25.1 cm.

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Box Folder
2 10 65.198
[William Butler Yeats]. n.d.
drawing: charcoal 38.8 x 28.1 cm.

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Box Folder
2 11 65.308
[William Butler Yeats]. n.d.
drawing: charcoal, pen and ink 37.7 x 25.2 cm.

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Box Folder
2 12 82.19
[William Butler Yeats]. n.d.
print: lithograph 45.2 x 27.5 cm.

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Box Folder
2 13 79.102
English Portraits: a series of lithographed drawings [covers] 1896
Letterpress sheets 43.4 x 28 cm. or smaller

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