One of 6 or 8 proofs only
Ref: Dodgson 3
19 x 15 inches: 482 x 380 mm.
Signed and dedicated "a mon ami Helleu"
Printed on laid paper with watermark VAN GELDER ZONEN, the sheet is 21 5/8 x 16 7/8 inches.
Exhibited: No. 82 of America in Print 1796-1941, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, April 2-25, 1981.
Dodgson catalogued six lithographs by Sargent. There are actually two more which he was unaware of, making a total
of eight. Several of them were printed in editions of 25, with this being one of the rarest, in only 6 or 8 proofs.
The subject of this lithograph is the British artist, Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945). He was a painter and lithographer, noted for his portrait drawings and prints.
Rothenstein was the official artist of the British and Canadian armies during both World Wars, and the principal of the Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935, as well as a trustee of the Tate Gallery from 1927 to 1933.
He is shown here making a drawing at the age of 25. Rothenstein, in turn, made a lithographic portrait of Sargent.
In his cataloguing of this lithograph, Campbell Dodgson states:
Professor Rothenstein wrote me on August 31st, 1925:
Sargent made this lithograph of myself in 1897. I don't think there were more than 6 or 8 printed, but I may be wrong. I had three copies, one of which is signed and dedicated; one I gave to my father, which my brother Albert now posesses;
(and one to the British Museum, C.D.) Sargent, I remember, gave a copy to Helleu, who liked the drawing. It was made in the my old studio in Chelsea.
Our lithograph, is of course, the very one to which Rothenstein refers.