N02683 AUGUSTE RODIN 1906
Inscr. ‘W.R.’ 06' c.r.
Red chalk, 14 1/2×12 1/4 (37×31).
Presented by George Bernard Shaw through the National Art-Collections Fund 1910.
Coll: Probably given by the artist to the donor c. 1906.
Exh: Carfax Gallery, March 1907 (31).
Lit: John Rothenstein, The Portrait Drawings of William Rothenstein, 1926, p.25; Speaight, 1962, pp.120–1, 197.
The artist was first introduced to the French sculptor Rodin (1840–1917) by Legros, was invited to stay at Meudon and made several drawings and lithographs of him in 1897. In Men and Memories, II, p.108, he quotes a letter dated 26 April 1906 from Rainer Maria Rilke, inviting him to visit Rodin who was then at work on a bust of Bernard Shaw. N02683 evidently dates from that occasion. A more finished drawing of the same profile is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (repr. op. cit., facing p.48), and a third is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II