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Thomas Gabriel Rosenthal (16 July 1935 – 3 January 2014) was a British publisher and art critic.

Tom Rosenthal
Thomas Gabriel Rosenthal

(1935-07-16)16 July 1935
London, England
Died3 January 2014(2014-01-03) (aged 78)
EducationThe Perse School
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
Spouse(s)Ann Warnford-Davis (née Shire)
Children2 sons
Parent(s)Erwin Isak Jacob Rosenthal
Elisabeth Charlotte Rosenthal, née Marx
RelativesMiriam Hodgson (sister)


Early lifeEdit

Thomas Gabriel Rosenthal was born on 16 July 1935 in London, the son of Erwin Isak Jacob Rosenthal (1904–1991), a Hebrew scholar and orientalist, and his wife, Elisabeth Charlotte Rosenthal, née Marx (1907–1996), both refugees from Nazi Germany.[1][2] His sister was the children's books editor Miriam Hodgson.[2]

He was educated at The Perse School in Cambridge, followed by Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he earned a degree in history and English.[3]


Rosenthal joined the publishing company Thames & Hudson in 1959. He was head of Secker & Warburg from 1971 to 1984.[1]

He was chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Personal lifeEdit

Rosenthal was married to Ann Warnford-Davis (née Shire), a literary agent, and had two sons, Adam, a surgeon specialising in gynaecological oncology, and Daniel, an author.[1]

Later lifeEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Tom Rosenthal - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Hodgson [née Rosenthal], Miriam Ann". ODNB. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ Trewin, Ion (6 January 2014). "Tom Rosenthal obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2017.