Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Mrs Janet Pinder-Davis

Artist information

Name Joseph Oppenheimer (1876-1966)

Born Wurzburg, Germany

Died Montreal, Canada

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Oppenheimer was born in Wurzburg, Germany in 1876. He studied at the Munich Academy, painting numerous landscapes in and around the city. He moved to England in 1896 and taught at the London School of Arts until 1910. Between the wars, he set up a studio in Berlin and was a member of the Berlin and Munich Secessions. He returned to England in 1933 and lived in London until 1949. He travelled widely, spending time in Italy, France and Canada and briefly had a studio in New York. Between 1949 and his death in Montreal in 1966, he divided his time between England and Canada. His primary reputation was for portraiture, but he also painted landscapes and still-lifes. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Society of Painters. Oppenheimer died in Montreal in 1966.

Object Details

Date c. 1938

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 65 x 62 cm

Signed (upper left): 'Oppenheimer'

Acquisition donated by Mr Jeremy L Barnett 2011

Accession number 2012-01

Display status not on display

Born c. 1868 and married to Mr. E. Pinder-Davis, subsequently a J.P., Mrs. Janet Pinder-Davis and her husband were both associated with charitable work within the Jewish community: Mr. Pinder-Davis at a local synagogue; Mrs. Pinder-Davis at the Jews’ Temporary Shelter in Mansell Street in Aldgate, where she was for more than 30 years the Chair of the House Committee. For her 70th birthday the artist Joseph Oppenheimer was commissioned to paint her portrait, with which she was then presented at a ceremony. She was also on the committee of the Jewish Maternity Home.


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