Portrait of Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst by William Rothenstein
Portrait of Gustav Holst (1920)
William Rothenstein (1872–1945)
pencil on paper, 22x16cm


Sir Willian Rothenstein, English painter, printmaker, writer on art and educator.
He was born into a German Jewish family in Bradford and studied at the Slade School of Art and in Paris. He became known for his portrait drawing of famous individuals and was an official war artist in both World Wars. Many of his portraits are held in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Rothenstein was Principal of the Royal College of Art 1920-35 where he encouraged figures including Epstein, Henry Moore and Paul Nash. He was one of a small committee that selected the artists to paint the first murals at Morley College shortly after the College had moved to its current site in Westminster Bridge Road. His portrait of Gustav Holst, Director of Music at Morley 1907-24 is amongst a small collection of portraits of the musician.

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