StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS MOCATTA/46
TitlePortrait Sketches
Date22 Jan 1920
DescriptionPortrait sketches, drawn on a menu cover, of five guests at the dinner of the Jewish Historical Society of England in celebration of peace and in honour of the semi-jubilee of the society. Accompanied by an explanatory letter from the artist's daughter.
Extent2 pieces
AdminHistoryBorn London, fourth son of Joseph Solomon, leather merchant, and his wife Helena Lichtenstadt, 1860; educated at Thomas Whitford's South London School; taught Hebrew and German by Rabbi Simeon Singer of the Borough synagogue; as a boy he sang in the synagogue choir and showed an early interest in both music and art; studied at Heatherley's Art School, the Royal Academy Schools, the cole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Akademie der Bildenden Knste in Munich; returned to London, 1880; exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1881,and began to make a name for himself as a portraitist and as a painter of biblical, mythological, and genre subjects; founder member of the Society of Portrait Painters, 1891, and began to specialize in portraiture; elected ARA, 1896; married Ella, daughter of Hyman Montagu, solicitor and numismatist, 1897; one son, two daughters; elected RA, 1906; during World War I, he developed an interest in camouflage and as a result was made Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers, 1916, and sent to help the French with their work on camouflage and to set up a British camouflage section in Flanders; he set up a camouflage school in London, 1918; President, Royal Society of British Artists, 1918; active supporter of the Ben Uri Art Society; a prominent figure in Anglo-Jewish society, with a keen interest in Jewish affairs; founder and first President, Maccabean Society, 1891; died Birchington, Kent, 1927. Publications include: 'The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing' (1910); 'Strategic Camouflage' (1920). Paintings include: 'Cassandra' (1886); 'Samson' (1887); 'Niobe' (1888); 'The Judgment of Paris' (1891); 'Echo and Narcissus' (1895); 'The Birth of Love' (1896); portraits of Mrs Patrick Campbell (1894), Israel Zangwill (1894), Herbert Asquith (1909), and Ramsay McDonald (1910); public commissions included a panel for the Royal Exchange (1897), a panel for the Houses of Parliament (1911) and a picture for the Guildhall (1911).
CustodialHistoryPresented by the artist's daughter, J S B Montagu, to the Jewish Historical Society of England, and deposited in the Mocatta Library of University College London.
AcquisitionTransferred from the Mocatta Library (subsequently the Jewish Studies Library) of University College London.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
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