Ben Uri collection

Work by Phineas Leopold May

At the age of fifteen Phineas May took a postal course at the London School of Cartoonists and later studied part-time at the Central School of Art. He was involved in Jewish communal service from 1935 onwards and later Custodian of the Jewish Museum in London until 1991. He served in the British Army in the Second World War and produced some 400 cartoons, now in the Imperial War Museum. In 1939 Phineas May and his brother Jonas were appointed by the Central British Fund for German Jewry to create and administer the Kitchener Camp, a transit camp in Sandwich, East Kent. 4000 young men came to the camp waiting for permanent settlement overseas. The whole rescue was funded by the British Jewish Community with help from American Jewry. Phineas May was a member of Hampstead Synagogue and was the Shul's Administrator from 1960 to his retirement in 1971. He published "A Cartoon History of Anglo-Jewry" in 1980.

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

Mr Manfred Philip Vanson

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279ya

'My dear vicar...'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279yb

'Rabbi, I must reiterate that you irritate the congregation...' (I)

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279yc-i

'Rabbi, I must reiterate that you irritate the congregation...' (II)

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279yc-ii

'Rabbi, you asked us to let you have some form of transport...'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279yd

Rev. Israelstaem

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279ye

Running the Shule

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zd

'So you're an orthopaedic Jew'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279ze

'So you're not prepared to live here Rabbi'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zf

'The Jews in the wilderness must have been awfully posh'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zg

'Turn this upside down and you'lll see what I mean!'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zh

'We're sorry Rabbi, but in these hard times...'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zj

'What wilt thou Queen Esther?'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zk

Windmill

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zl

'You may think me ruthless Cohen'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zm

'You're a strictly kosher hotel'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zn

'You're advertising for a minister...'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zo

A Far-Fetched Chanucah Cartoon

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zp

A Potpourri of Jewish Cartoons

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zq

'Burst pipe in the synagogue'

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-279zr