Vita Sackville-West

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Vita Sackville-West, by Sir William Rothenstein, 1925 - NPG 6716 - © estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

Vita Sackville-West

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
Primary Collection
NPG 6716


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  • Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 220 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.

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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'.

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