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John Rothenstein (1901-1992), Art historian and Director of the Tate Gallery; son of Sir William Rothenstein

Sir John Knewstub Maurice Rothenstein

Sitter in 42 portraits
Rothenstein was an art historian and director of the Tate Gallery from 1938 until 1964, where he supervised the evacuation of works of art during the Blitz. Son of the artist Sir William Rothenstein, he was an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary British artists, which at times proved controversial. His books include monographs of the artists Edward Burra and Augustus John, Modern English Painters (1952-74) and several volumes of autobiography.

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x24190

John Rothenstein; Francis Bacon

by Herbert K. Nolan
bromide print, March 1957
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x31653

John Rothenstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
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x132793

John Rothenstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1960
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John Rothenstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1960
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John Rothenstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1960
NPG x133286

x4067

Sir Sidney Robert Nolan; John Rothenstein

by Roger Mayne
bromide print on card mount, 25 November 1960
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x126037

John Rothenstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1960
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x127722

John Rothenstein

by Peter Keen
35mm colour slide, 1964
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x13746

John Rothenstein

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
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x5582

John Rothenstein

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
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John Rothenstein

by Sir Stanley Spencer
pencil, 1950
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x24360

John Rothenstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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x24374

John Rothenstein; Sir William Rothenstein; Michael Rothenstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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x24376

John Rothenstein; Sir William Rothenstein; Michael Rothenstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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x24377

John Rothenstein; Sir William Rothenstein; Michael Rothenstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x24377

x24378

John Rothenstein; Sir William Rothenstein; Michael Rothenstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x24378

x190501

John Rothenstein

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, November 1949
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x190502

John Rothenstein

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, November 1949
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x184002

John Rothenstein; Charles Laughton

by Desmond O'Neill
bromide press print, 1 October 1958
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