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Michael Rothenstein RA

Born 1908, London.  Died 1993.

Son of the painter Sir William Rothenstein, he studied at the Chelsea Polytechnic and the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1924-27.  During World War II he participated in the Pilgrim Trust Recording Britain project that set out to record the ancient buildings that might be destroyed by warfare or invasion.  After the war in 1954 he set up a print workshop at Great Bardfield, Essex where the artists Edward Bawden and John Aldridge lived.

Rothenstein taught printmaking at Camberwell School of Art and was a Fellow at Sheffield University in 1962.  He published a number of books about printmaking and the folio Song of Songs in 1979.  In 1990 two retrospectives were organised by Stoke-on-Trent City Art Gallery and Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.

His work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1983.


Cockerel Turning Round
Timber Felling in Essex
Radcliffe from the Old Bodleian