Sir Brajendra Nath SEAL (1864-1938). – Sir William ROTHENSTEIN (1872-1945).
Original pencil portrait of “Brajendranath Seal”
Signed with initials, and dated 1913, on wove paper (12 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches; 315 x 239 mm).
Condition: some toning, surface soiling, old glue residue to margins (see images)
This insightful portrait is clearly drawn from life. One obvious link between the sitter and the artist was their joint admiration of the work of polymath Rabindranath Tagore.
“Sir Brajendra Nath Seal (Bengali: ব্রজেন্দ্রনাথ শীল; September 3, 1864 – 1938) was a renowned Bengali Indian humanist philosopher. He was one of the greatest original thinkers of the Brahmo Samaj and did work in comparative religion and on the philosophy of science. He systematised the humanism of the Brahmo philosophical thought. In his work, he underscored the tectonic shift in Brahmo theology in the late eighteenth century from liberal theism to secular humanism. Like his better known ideological precursor Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Seal was an educator, a firm believer in the cause of rationalism and scientific enquiry, a polymath in his own right and yet at the same time a preacher of humanism as a religious doctrine (as opposed to organised religion).” (Wikipedia)
“Sir William Rothenstein (29 January 1872 – 14 February 1945) was an English painter, printmaker, draughtsman, lecturer, and writer on art. Emerging during the early 1890s, Rothenstein continued to make art right up until his death in the mid-1940s. Though he covered many subjects – ranging from landscapes in France to representations of Jewish synagogues in London – he is perhaps best known for his work as a war artist in both world wars, his portraits, and his popular memoirs, written in the 1930s. More than two hundred of Rothenstein's portraits of famous people can be found in the National Portrait Gallery collection. The Tate Gallery also holds a large collection of his paintings, prints and drawings. Rothenstein served as Principal at the Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935. He was knighted in 1931 for his services to art. In March 2015 'From Bradford to Benares: the Art of Sir William Rothenstein', the first major exhibition of Rothenstein's work for over forty years, opened at Bradford's Cartwright Hall Gallery, touring to the Ben Uri in London later that year.” (Wikipedia)
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- Size: 12 3/8 x 9 3/8ins; 315 x 239mm
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