A Man of Letters 1894.
William Rothenstein 1872 - 1945.
Lithograph. 12.5 x 9.3 cm.
Signed in the stone Rothenstein, Paris 94.
Published in an edition of two copies, for distribution
to the poet's friends and admirers. Originally drawn at Soames's request
as a frontispiece for his intended, though then, as yet, un-named book
of verses, the image seems unduly flattering in the way it suggests
both a health and a repose unlikely from what we know of the poet's
rather more febrile character.
Muddiman in The Men of the Nineties,
his study of the fin-de-siècle, referred to Will Rothenstein's
lithographs, which are an absolute necessity to any one who would live
a while with the shades of these men.