(b Bradford, 29 Jan. 1872; d Far Oakridge, nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire, 14 Feb. 1945). British painter, printmaker, draughtsman, writer, and teacher. He studied for a year at the Slade School (1888–9) under Alphonse Legros and afterwards at the Académie Julian in Paris. There he was encouraged by Degas and Pissarro, and he was also friendly with Whistler. His best works are generally thought to be his early Whistlerian paintings such as The Doll's House (1899, Tate, London), which shows Augustus John and Rothenstein's wife as characters in a tense scene from Ibsen's play A Doll's House. From about 1898, however, he specialized in portraits of the celebrated and those who later became celebrated. In his later career he was much more renowned as a teacher than a painter.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)