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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1148.6

Sir William Rothenstein correspondence


Correspondence of English painter and writer Sir William Rothenstein as well as some correspondence of Rothenstein family members.


  • 1884-1934

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Consists chiefly of Sir William Rothenstein's correspondence with various family members. William Rothenstein's letters describe his life and travels (in Europe and India), his works, commissions, exhibitions, opinions of museums, family life, social engagements, and reflections on politics and society. Some of these letters include small pen-and-ink sketches. Correspondence with his father, Moritz Rothenstein, discusses family matters, finances, and William's painting. William's correspondence with his brothers, Albert Rutherston and Charles Rutherston, discuss art and artists. Rutherston's letters describe his travels in Egypt. There is also some correspondence of Lady Alice Rothenstein with various family members.

Biographical / Historical

Rothenstein was an English painter and writer.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Sir William Rothenstein
  2. II. Letters from Sir William Rothenstein
  3. III. Other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-127. Gift of Mr. Curt H. Reisinger, '12, 730 Fifth Avenue, New York 19; received: 1969 May.

Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945. Sir William Rothenstein correspondence, 1884-1934: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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