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Painter, poster and stage designer and book illustrator. Born in Bradford, the younger brother of the artist Sir William Rothenstein. Albert and his elder brother Charles, a noted collector, changed their names to Rutherston in 1914, the year World War I began. Albert studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1898–1902. His early work was realist, such as Laundry Girls, held by the Tate Gallery, but it later became more decorative, while always retaining a strongly linear Slade influence. Exhibited prolifically and widely, including Leicester Galleries and NEAC especially, also Goupil Gallery, Fine Art Society and RWS. First one-man show at Carfax Gallery, 1910. Served in Palestine during World War I. His connection with the theatre included working with the actor-manager Harley Granville-Barker and writing Decoration in the Art of the Theatre, 1919.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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