1 of 2 portraits of Isaac Rosenberg
- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Isaac Rosenberg
oil on panel, 1915
11 5/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (295 mm x 222 mm)
Given by the sitter's sister, Annie Wynick (née Rosenberg), 1959
Sitterback to top
- Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), Painter and poet. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), Painter and poet. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Painted in the year Rosenberg enlisted. Despite being a pacifist, he believed ‘we must all fight to get the trouble over.’
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 92
- Crane, David; Judd, Alan, First World War Poets, 2014, p. 77
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 92
- Judd, Alan; Crane, David, Character Sketches: First World War Poets, 1997, p. 44
- 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. 151
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 532
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 191
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 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
- Portrait of the Day: Isaac Rosenberg
13 November, 12:30