John Singer Sargent
William Rothenstein (1872-1945)
in 1898 volume
Portraits: A Series of Lithographed Drawings"
According to the 1890's Society,
William Rothenstein, and a few other artists, were commissioned to do a
number of drawings of famous London celebrities by Grant Richards who pulled
them all together for an independently published booked called "English
Portraits: A Series of Lithographed Drawings". All told there were only
some 750 copies printed.
Each drawing accompanied an insight
or biographical-comment submitted by yet another famous celebrity about
the person featured. It was kind of a Who's Who meets People magazine type
concept and Sargent was just one of a number of celebrities that William
It's funny, at the 1890's website,
they describe Sargent like this: "Rothenstein's Sargent appears almost
to have been caught unawares and captured against his will by his fellow
'lion hunter' [fellow portrait artist], with a cigarette still dangling
from his lips and an expression of wariness and defensiveness in his eyes."
Is it that Sargent is "wary," or
is it that Sargent himself may have been standing and concentrating as
he himself was sketching Rothenstein at the same time?