Rothenstein, Michael. (4 of 10). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    interviewee's home, United Kingdom

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    Rothenstein, Michael, 1908- (speaker, male)

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    Gooding, Mel, (speaker, male)

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    Part 4. Rothenstein's political outlook in the 1930s. Sales at the Matthieson Gallery exhibition. Participation in Pilgrim Trust project recording Britain, from 1940. Move to Great Bardfield, Essex, 1840; friendship with Eric Ravilious; description of Ravilious's character and work; friendship with Kenneth Rowntree. Discussion of Rothenstein's 'Timber-felling in Essex', and of the Schools Prints project at Baynard Press, for which it was made, organised by Brenda Rawnsley, with John Griffiths as master printer; trade-unionism at the Baynard Press. Rothenstein's publication of 'Looking at paintings' (Routledge, 1947), and co-operation with Herbert Read on the book; opinion of Read; early activities of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Description of the community of landscape painters at Great Bardfield; the County Books and Shell County Guides. Influence on Rothenstein of Graham Sutherland's Welsh landscapes; opinion of Edward Bawden's and John Piper's wartime drawings; Rothenstein's own work for the Ministry of Transport; opinion of lithographs by Sutherland and Ceri Richards in 'Poetry London'. Rothenstein's acquaintance with John Minton.

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    Michael Rothenstein interviewed by Mel Gooding: full transcript of the interview

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