Isaac Rosenberg


1890

November 25: IR born in Bristol, the eldest son and second child of Barnett and Anna Rosenberg.

1897

Family moves to London. RI enrolls at St. Paul's School, Wellclose Square, St George's-in-the-East.

1900

Family moves to Stepney.

1902-3

RI begins special afternoon classes at the Stepney Green Art School.

1905

RI Joins Carl Hentschel's, Engravers, of Fleet Street, as an apprentice.

1907

RI starts evening classes at both the London School of Photo-Engraving and Lithography and Birkbeck College for Art.

1908

Wins the Mason prize for nude studies.

1909

Wins the Pocock prize for a nude in oils.

Apprenticed to Mr. Lascelles, a process engraver in London.

1911

Accepted into the Slade School of Art.

1912

RI's review of the J. H. Amschewitz/Henry Ospovat Exhibition at the Baillie Galleries is printed in The Jewish Chronicle.

Night and Day, a 24-page pamphlet of IR poems, is printed.

His painting "Joy" wins First Class Certificate at Slade. New English Art Club exhibits and sells his "Sanguine Drawing."

1913

IR leaves Slade. Seeks treatment (paid for by J.E.A.S.) for eye trouble.

Health begins to deteriorate. Moves back with his family for care.

1914

Coughing and lungs worsen. Requests funds (""£12 or £15") of J.E.A.S. for passage to South Africa for health reasons. Granted.

1914

Exhibits at Whitechapel Art Gallery's Exhibition of Twentieth Century Artists.

Sails for South Africa. Reaches Cape Town by the end of June, stays with his sister Minnie. Lectures at the studio of Madge Cook, daughter of Mrs. Agnes Cook, editor of South African Women in Council, who later publishes the lecture in two parts, with his poems "Beauty" and "Our Dead Heroes."

1915

Sets sail for England. Loses most of his paintings overboard in Cape Town harbor.

Back in London, starts evening classes in block-making, in the hope of getting a job. No luck.

In October, enlists and is sent to the Bantam Battalion of 12th Suffolk Regiment, 40th Division.

1916

RI is transferred to two different regiments before he leaves for France in June.

Sent to the trenches in August

In September, sends "Break of Day in the Trenches" to Harriet Monroe of Poetry.

In December, Poetry publishes "Marching" and "Break of Day in the Trenches."

1917

IR is reassigned twice, first off the line then back on again.

1918

February 7: Transferred to 1st Battalion K.O.R.L., 40th Div.

March 21: Recalled to trenches.

April 1: Private I. Rosenberg, 22311 1st K.O.R.L., is killed at dawn while on night patrol.

 

The wheels lurched over sprawled dead
But pained them not, though their bones crunched,
Their shut mouths made no moan.
They lie there huddled, friend and foeman,
Man born of man, and born of woman,
And shells go crying over them
From night till night and now.