ROSENBERG, Isaac

1890 - 1918

Isaac Rosenberg

Born at 5 Upper Adelaide Place, Bristol on 25 November 1890, eldest son of the six children of Barnet Rosenberg (formerly Dovber), general drapery dealer, and his wife Annie (Hacha). Barnet was born at Kovno, Russian Poland and married in Poland about 1881 and came to Bristol about 1885 with their youngest child, Minnie born in Poland in 1882, and were still living in 1891. In 1897 the family moved to 47 Cable Street, Stepney in East London from where Isaac attended St Paul's school, Whitechapel but about 1899 they moved to 58 Jubilee Street, Mile End, London when Isaac attended the Baker Street school. Leaving school in 1904 and apprenticed with Carl Hentschel a firm of engravers in Fleet Street, London which he completed in 1911. Becoming interested in poetry and the visual arts he attended evening classes at the Birkbeck College art school and from 1911 attended the Slade School of Fine Art during which time he studied alongside David Bomberg, Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth, Dora Carrington, William Roberts, and Christopher Nevinson. In 1911 a 20 year old painter/artist living with his parents and siblings at 159 Oxford Street, Mile End, London. He was taken up by Laurence Binyon and Edward Marsh, and began to write poetry seriously and published a pamphlet of ten poems, 'Night and Day' (1912) and exhibited paintings at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1914. He suffered from chronic bronchitis and emigrated to the warmer climate of South Africa where he wrote 'On Receiving News of the War' in Cape Town but, needing to support his mother, returned to England in October 1915. Enlisting in the British Army was assigned to the 12th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment at Bury St Edmund's Barracks. In June 1916 he was sent to serve on the Western Front in France but continued to write poetry his 'Poems from the Trenches' are recognised as some of the most outstanding written during the First World War. A painter and pencil artist, and a poet he exhibited at New English Art Club in 1912 from London and from the Military Hospital, Bury St Edmund's in 1915. Whilst serving with the 11th (Service) Battalion of The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment he was killed in action in Fampoux, north-east of Arrason on 1 April 1918.





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