from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Rothenstein, William, 1872-1945

Letter No. VWL358

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to William Rothenstein

Letter No.: VWL358

Northern Lights


Dear Rothenstein1

Very many thanks for your kind letter. My plans are so vague that I don’t like to make any promises to be at any particular place at a particular time.
All I can suggest is that when you happen to be in London you should let me know of any times that are convenient to you – But I quite see that that would be a most awkward arrangement for you & know you wd prefer to drop it altogether.2
Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams

1. Rothenstein was Principal of┬áthe Royal College of Art from 1920-1935. At this time he was Professor of Civic Art at Sheffield University, to which post he was appointed by VW’s brother-in-law Herbert Fisher, the university’s Vice-Chancellor.
2. Rothenstein had been commissioned to make a drawing of VW for publication in the second issue of Music & Letters. The first issue had contained a drawing by Rothenstein of Elga