© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sir William Rothenstein Click on the links below to find out more
red and white chalk, 1920
14 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 254 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2005
- Leon Underwood (1890-1975), Artist. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
- Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 221 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
This drawing was made when Underwood was an assistant teacher of drawing at the Royal College of Art, where Rothenstein was Principal.
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