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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, SINGAPORE

Sir William Rothenstein
UNTITLED (RABINDRANATH TAGORE)
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 1,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, SINGAPORE

Sir William Rothenstein
UNTITLED (RABINDRANATH TAGORE)
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 1,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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Sir William Rothenstein
1872 - 1945
UNTITLED (RABINDRANATH TAGORE)
Signed and dated 'W. R. / 1912' lower right of print
Further inscribed in pencil 'Study for a painting in tempera / made at Hampstead' lower right of folio
Offset lithograph
Print: 28.4 x 17.2 cm. (11 ⅛ x 6 ¾ in.); Folio: 38.2 x 28 cm. (15 x 11 in.)
Executed circa 1912
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Provenance

Bloomsbury Auctions, 4 November 2010, part lot 527

Exhibited

London, Nehru Centre, Rabindranath Tagore's Influence on Modern Art, 7 October 2011

Literature

N. Kumar, Rabindranath Tagore, Nehru Centre, London, 2011, unpaginated

Catalogue Note

William Rothenstein was an English painter, printmaker, draughtsman, lecturer, and writer on art. While his repertoire ranged from landscapes to representations of Jewish synagogues, he is best known for portraits of famous people. His works can be found in National Portrait Gallery collection as well as the Tate Gallery in London. Rothenstein served as Principal at the Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935. Along with luminaries such as Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, E. B. Havell, and Christiana Herringham, he was also a key figure in the formation of the India Society – an institution shaped to bring attention to Indian art, in its many forms, to audiences in Britain and the world.
Rothenstein first went to India in 1910 where he met Rabindranath Tagore in Calcutta. When Tagore visited London in 1912, Tagore spent considerable time at Rothenstein's house in Hampstead, North London. Rothenstein introduced him to the crème de la crème of the literary circles there. He arranged a reading where W.B. Yeats read Tagore’s poems in front of a distinguished audience including Ezra Pound, George Bernard Shaw, May Sinclair, H.G. Wells and Ernest Rhys. Rothenstein advised the India Society to publish Tagore's Gitanjali in 1912, which subsequently won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rothenstein is known to have sketched Tagore many times.
He remained an active member of the India Society in his lifetime; Indian art was an influence on his own paintings, and he was a key figure at memorial meetings for Tagore in 1941. He was knighted in 1931 and died in 1945.

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