In the Morning Room

Sir William Rothenstein, 1872 - 1945

In the Morning Room

Sir William Rothenstein 1872 - 1945


Interior scene of the artist's family in the morning room of their Church Row home in Hampstead. Alice Rothenstein stands at the window to the left with her young children. Daughter Rachel stands to the left dressed in a black cape, carrying a doll, John stands at his mother's side to the right, looking towards the viewer; he is dressed in a Native American costume. The domestic setting of the morning room consists of long embroidered curtains at the window, a bookcase on the wall to the left and a fireplace to the right with a large painting above.

Display Label

In the Morning Room 1906-10 Sir William Rothenstein 1872-1945 Oil on canvas This is a portrait of Alice Rothenstein, the painter’s wife, with her children John and Rachel. Rachel was born in 1903, and looks about four here. Rothenstein has created a middle-class domestic idyll, with the loving mother at the centre of a sunlit, well-appointed home. This perfect Edwardian lifestyle is a finely-balanced creation. The blossoms in the picture are carried on into the vase on the mantel, showing in a literal way that this life is a continuance of art. Gift of Charles Lambert Rutherston 1925.297

Object Name

In the Morning Room

Creators Name

Sir William Rothenstein

Date Created



unframed: 107.5cm x 76.2cm
framed: 126.3cm x 96cm

accession number


Place of creation





oil paint


Gift of Mr Charles Lambert Rutherston, 1925

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