Twenty-Four Portraits

Twenty-Four Portraits

Twenty-Four Portraits

Twenty-Four Portraits

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A first series of twenty-four drawings appeared two years ago, containing studies of men whose fame has stood the test of a generation of critical challenge. The present collection consists of further portraits of contemporaries, some of whose works and personalities have yet to undergo the long trial from which I hope their reputations will emerge with their first radiance undimmed or enhanced. There were juniors among the first twenty-four as there are seniors in the present volume, but the reader will readily understand the general tendency of the two series.

I hope that some of the drawings in this new volume may be found to contain something of life within them. For my sitters have been unsparing with their time, and I offer them my warm thanks for lending themselves to a tedious business

I I have once again to acknowledge the brilliant literary portraits, facing the drawings which I owe to the generosity of my friends Arnold Bennett, Gordon Bottomley, W. H. Davies, E.J. Dent, John Drinkwater, G. P. Gooch, Phillip Guedalla, Lord Haldane, Aldous Huxley, James Laver, Stephen Mackenna, the devoted translator of Plotinus, Major-General Sir Frederick Maurice, Thomas Sturge Moore, John Middleton Murry, Robert Nichols, Lennox Robinson, my brother Albert Rutherston, Randolph Schwabe, Geoffrey Scott, Evelyn Strachey, W.J. Turner, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Lawrence Weaver.

December 1922 W. R.

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