By a Special Correspondent SIR JOHN ROTHENSTEIN. SIR JOHN ROTHENSTEIN. director of the Tate Gallery for the past 26 years is to retire from his post at the end of this year.
In making the announcement the Gallery Trustees add that the Prime Minister will appoint a successor after the post has been advertised and an open competition has been held.
Sir John intends on his retirement to devote his time to combining writing with the position of parttime art adviser to Knowledge Publications.
Two books written by him in collaboration with colleagues at the Tate Gallery arc shortly to he published-one on Francis Bacon with Mr. Ronald Alley, and one on Turner with Mr. Martin Butlin, Since he came to London in 1938, after five years as Director of the Sheffield Art Galleries, he has transformed the nature and arrange. ment of the Tate collections and its activities in general.
Opportunities of post-war replanning enabled Sir John to acquire paintings and works of sculpture by modern masters, make extensions to the British School, and hold exhibitions sometimes in conjunction with the Arts Council. His enthusiasm and initiative resulted in continued increase both in attendance and in public appreciation.