Sir William Rothenstein was an English artist who was born in Bradford in 1873 and who died in Paris in 1945. He was an English painter, draftsman and graphic artist. He was best known as a portraitist. Rothenstein was the son of a textile merchant originally from Germany. From 1888 to 1893 he studied at London's Slade School of Fine Art, where Alphonse Legros was his teacher. He continued his studies in Paris, at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he came under the influence of James McNeill Whistler, Edgar Degas and Henri Fantin-Latour. He lived there on Montmartre and shared a studio there with the Australian painter Charles Conder. In 1893 he returned to England. In the period up to the First World War, Rothenstein mainly made a name for himself as a portraitist of prominent personalities, often drawings, which he also published in book form. During the war he was employed as an official war painter, as part of a “War-Artist-Project”. From 1920 to 1935, he taught at the Royal College of Art, where Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Paul Nash were among his students. In 1931 he was raised to the nobility, wrote his memoirs and memories and died in 1945, aged 73. His work can be seen at Tate Britain in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others. (Wikipedia).