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