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Sir William Rothenstein
Dates: British, 1872 - 1945
Biographical Account:

William Rothenstien was born into a German-Jewish family in Bradford, West Yorkshire on 29 January 1872. He studied for a year at the Slade School, where he was taught by Alphonse Legros. He then went on to study at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he was encouraged by James McNeill Whistler, Edgar Degas and Lucien Pissarro.


During the 1890s, Rothenstein exhibited with the New English Art Club, he was influenced by impressionism and mainly specialized in portraits and landscapes. He was interested in painting famous individuals and published several sets of lithographs of famous men of the time.


He became Official War Artist for both the First and Second World War. In his later career he was better known as a teacher than a painter. He became Professor of Civic Art, University of Sheffield in 1917, before becoming principal of the Royal College of Art in 1920 until 1935, where he taught artists including Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Paul Nash.


He died on 14 February 1945.

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