Ben Uri collection

Work by Lily Delissa Joseph

Born Lily Solomon in 1863, Lily Delissa Joseph was the younger sister of the artist Solomon J Solomon, who may have encouraged her to paint. She also trained at the Ridley School of Art and the Royal Academy becoming a portrait, landscape and interior painter with a studio in Bedford Row overlooking the Old Bailey. She exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, the New English Art Club, and the Royal Academy, as well as in the Paris Salons and was later known for her experimentation and a limited palette of white, cobalt, rose madder, orange madder and black. In 1924 she married the architect Delissa Joseph, who built two of her brother Solomon J Solomon's studios, exhibiting her paintings alongside his drawings at the Suffolk Street Galleries in 1924. Deeply involved in the women's suffrage movement, Delissa Joseph was famously unable to attend her own Private View at the Baillie Gallery, London in 1912 after being detained at Holloway Gaol 'on a charge in connection with [the] Women's Suffrage Movement'. One of the first women to own and drive a car, she also learnt to fly aeroplanes when in her fifties. A committed member of the Jewish community, she was involved in many charitable ventures. In 1911 she met the young poet Isaac Rosenberg while painting at the National Gallery (she depicted its interior in a number of works). She employed him briefly as a tutor to her children and her sister Mrs. Henrietta Lowy did the same, before introducing him to their wealthier friend Mrs Herbert Cohen, who sponsored his studies at the Slade School of Art. Lily Delissa Joseph was also religiously observant and well-known for her musical voice in the communal singing at the Brook Green synagogue in Hammersmith – she had also been active in its establishment.

3 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

The Art Gallery

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-159

Self-Portrait with Candles

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-160

Teatime, Birchington

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-161