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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 867

Sir William Rothenstein biographical sketches for English Portraits


Biographical sketches chiefly of English literary figures by English painter Sir William Rothenstein and other English writers, compiled for Rothenstein's English portraits.


  • 1897-1898

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.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes autograph manuscripts by Sir William Rothenstein, Bernard Shaw, Sir Max Beerbohm, Frederick York Powell, Lionel Johnson, Lawrence Binyon, Henry Thomas Dixon, Charles Larcom Graves, Vernon Blackburn, Grant Richards, Laurence Housman, Louis Frederic Austin, and Sir Edmund Gosse. Biographical subjects include Sir F. Seymour Haden, William Archer, John Sargent, Sidney Colvin, Charles Villiers Stanford, Bernard Shaw, Grant Allen, Sir Henry Irving, and Henry James.

Biographical / Historical

The English painter and writer Rothenstein wrote, compiled, and published these biographical sketches as English portraits, which appeared together with his lithographic drawings as a 12-part series in 1897-1898.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

52M-25. Purchased with the C. M. Parker fund; received: 1953 April 8.

Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945. Sir William Rothenstein biographical sketches for English Portraits, 1897-1898: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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