by London Art Studios
bromide print mounted on a postcard, circa 1915
5 in. x 3 in. (128 mm x 78 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), Painter and poet. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The Bristol-born poet and painter Isaac Rosenberg studied at the Slade (1911-3), with Mark Gertler and David Bomberg. Two collections of poems, Night and Day (1912) and Youth (1915), were privately published before he enlisted in 1915, the year that this photograph was taken. Some of Rosenberg's poems such as Break of Day in the Trenches and Louse Hunting were written on the Western Front where he was killed in April 1918.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Crane, David; Judd, Alan, First World War Poets, 2014, p. 4
- Judd, Alan; Crane, David, Character Sketches: First World War Poets, 1997, p. 4
- Moorhouse, Paul; Faulks, Sebastian (essay), The Great War in Portraits, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 27 February - 15 June 2014), p. 123
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 183
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 532
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1915back to top
Current affairsThe Times Newspaper reports that Britain's Army is suffering from a lack of Ammunition Shells, pointing the finger of blame at the Liberal government. The Shell Scandal forced Asquith to form a new coalition government, bringing Conservatives into the cabinet and demonstrating the need to gear the whole country's economy towards the war effort.
Art and scienceAs the threat from aerial attack increased, the decision was made to protect the national art collections by storing them in basements or in locations outside London. On 15th October the National Portrait Gallery under the directorship of Sir Charles John Holmes closed its doors to the public and removed paintings from the walls.
InternationalStalemate ensues on the Western Front and trench warfare begins as both sides take up defensive positions. While offensive strategies become futile, serious loss of life occurs with the first deployment of tanks and the use of poison gas.
Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity, a model of gravitation and cosmology.
See this portrait
On display in Room 22: showcase at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- First World War Poets
Until 1 October
- Performance: In Remembrance: Poetry and Song of the First World War
12 November, 15:00