© estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sir William Rothenstein
red and black chalk, 1925
16 1/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (408 mm x 302 mm)
Bequeathed by Nigel Nicolson, 2005
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Sitterback to top
- Victoria Mary ('Vita') Sackville-West (1892-1962), Writer and gardener; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson. Sitter in 25 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 220 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Acquired many years after it was drawn and given to Vita Sackville-West's husband, Harold Nicolson, by their sons, Ben and Nigel, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Harold is recorded as describing it with characteristic bluntness: 'Vita was a beautiful woman and this is an ugly one'.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Life lines: Recently acquired 20th Century drawings (31 October 2009 - 25 April 2010)
- Portraits on paper (29 July 2006 - 3 December 2006)
Exhibitions and displays
- Snowdon: A Life in View
Until 21 June
- Lunchtime Lecture: Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
19 February, 13:15