Eli the Thatcher

Sir William Rothenstein, 1872 - 1945

Eli the Thatcher

Sir William Rothenstein 1872 - 1945


Half-length frontal portrait of an old man named Eli, an old thatcher. The subject has a long grey beard and is dressed in an tattered grey jacket. He looks towards the viewer and stands against a darkened landscape.

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Eli the Thatcher 1913 Sir William Rothenstein 1872-1945 Oil on canvas William Rothenstein was at the centre of the Edwardian art world, yet in 1912 he abruptly escaped London and moved his family to Iles Farm at Far Oakridge, in the Cotswolds. He became passionately fond of the area. Eli Gardiner was the local thatcher, admired by Rothenstein for his deep knowledge of the Bible and the natural world. Craggily painted, the portrait is of a salt-of-the-earth English character, heroic and austere. Dr Jane Walker bequest 1939.11

Object Name

Eli the Thatcher

Creators Name

Sir William Rothenstein

Date Created



framed: 103.4cm x 91cm
unframed: 76.5cm x 63.3cm

accession number


Place of creation





oil paint

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