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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1148

Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers

Letters to English painter Sir William Rothenstein concerning both his professional and personal life as well as compositions by other authors.


  • 1887-1957

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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33 linear feet (66 boxes and 2 volumes)

Consists primarily of letters to Rothenstein concerning both his professional and personal life as well as letters from Rothenstein to his family members and others. Also contains letters to Rachel Rothenstein and Kenneth Romney Towndrow from various correspondents, some third-party correspondence, and compositions by others, including Rabindranath Tagore and Paul Verlaine. Also includes a photograph of Paul Verlaine.

Collection includes letters to his wife, Lady Alice Rothenstein.

Biographical / Historical

Rothenstein was an English painter and president of the Royal College of Art (1920-1935).


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Sir William Rothenstein
  2. II. Family letters
  3. III. Letters from Sir William Rothenstein
  4. IV. Letters to Rachel Rothenstein
  5. V. Letters to Kenneth Romney Towndrow
  6. VI. Other letters
  7. VII. Compositions by others

Physical Location

b, MS, f

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*60M-181. Gift of Mr Curt H. Reisinger, '12, 730 Fifth Avenue New York; received: 1960.
Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945. Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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