Enoch Soames, esq. 1896.
William Rothenstein 1872-1945.
Pastel. 38 x 27.5 cm.
Signed and dated W.R. 95. Exhibited at The New
English Art Club.
Beerbohm, in his key essay in Seven Men, has
recorded the strange way in which Rothenstein's well-known drawing
of Soames came about. Clearly there was little liking between these
two so very different men of the era. This makes it all the more
curious that the artist should have depicted Soames on more than
This was long considered to be the only
likeness of the poet; the extent to which it differs from the other
recently discovered portraits merely seems to confirm that Soames
was not only dim but also, perhaps to a degree, chameleon-like as
he moved among his more famous contemporaries.
Collection of Lawrence Mynott, esq.