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Although this portrait was painted shortly before Rosenberg entered the Slade School of Art, his confidence as an artist is already apparent. Dressed in a smart overcoat and scarf, he already appears to take his profession seriously. Rosenberg aimed to use this portrait to impress the Jewish Education Aid Society who sponsored Jewish artists to study at the Slade.

Rosenberg continued to paint self-portraits because, as a fellow pupil later wrote, ‘he could not afford models and also he wished to "discover his physical identity".’ 

August 2004