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Michael Rothenstein was an influential printmaker who started his career as a painter, training at Central School of Arts and Crafts. In Paris he worked with artist William Hayter at his studio "Atelier 17" which changed his whole direction and fired his interest for printmaking. From the 1950s to the 1970s he experimented with this medium, Rothenstein said that he was extending the "frontiers of printmaking". Rothensteins prints are often brilliantly coloured, the image of the cockerel appears as an emblem of life and vigour.