Sir William Rothenstein

Sir Rabindranath Tagore

1912

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 423 x 315 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck through the Contemporary Art Society 1917
Reference
N03190

Catalogue entry

N03190 SIR RABINDRANATH TAGORE 1912

Inscr. ‘W. Rothenstein 1912’ b.r.
Pencil, 16 1/2×12 1/8 (42×32).
Presented by Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck through the Contemporary Art Society 1917.
Exh: Tate Gallery, May–June 1950 (101).
Lit: John Rothenstein, The Portrait Drawings of William Rothenstein, 1926, p.30.
Repr: W. Rothenstein, Six portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, 1915, pl.4; Speaight, 1962, pl.12.

The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) first became known in England in 1912 when the artist was instrumental in getting his book of poems Gitanjali published. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. This is one of at least nine drawings made when the poet visited England in 1911–12. A later drawing was made in 1923. In Men and Memories, II, chapter 30, the artist gives an account of their first meeting and friendship.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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