Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945) was the official artist of the British and Canadian armies during World War I. Later,
he published artwork and biographies. The collection consists of original drawings of the portraits of men and women of letters
by Sir William Rothenstein. Some of the drawings have been published in various books by Rothenstein.
Rothenstein was born in 1872; became official artist of the British and Canadian armies during World War I; professor of civic
art at Sheffield University (1917-26), principal of the Royal College of Art (1930-35), and member of the Royal Fine Art Commission
(1931); published artwork and biographies, including Paul Verlaine (1897), English Portraits (1897-98), A Life of Goya (1900), Twenty-Four Portraits (1920), Whither Painting? (1932), Since Fifty: Men and Memories, 1922-38 (1939), Contemporaries, Twenty-Four Portrait Drawings (1937); he died in 1945.