Series: Celebrities in Caricature
Born Lomza, Poland
Died Saffron Walden, Essex, England
A direct contemporary of Mark Gertler and Jacob Kramer, Polish-born Wayner immigrated to London with his parents in 1893. Despite an impoverished childhood, he displayed an early flair for drawing and, after an artistic apprenticeship, studied at the Craft School affiliated to the Royal College of Art and then briefly at the Slade School from 1909–10, assisted by a Jewish Educational Aid Society (JEAS) grant (which was withdrawn due to poor attendance). David Bomberg and Jacob Epstein subsequently selected his work for inclusion in the controversial ‘Jewish Section’ in the important Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibition: Twentieth Century Art: a Review of Modern Movements in May 1914. Wayner established a reputation as a caricaturist and published two volumes of Celebrities in Caricature in 1931 and c. 1940, each wittily portraying contemporary notables from the worlds of politics and the arts alongside key Jewish figures.
Object type print
Medium stone lithograph on paper
Unframed 35.5 x 24 cm
Signed signed, bottom right: Wayner
Accession number 1987-424i
Display status not on display
The writer Louis Golding (1895 –1958) was born in Manchester into a Ukranian-Jewish family and educated locally and at Queen’s College, Oxford. His novels drew on his Manchester Jewish background ('Doomington') and his bestselling novel, Magnolia Street (1932), is based on Manchester’s Hightown in the 1920s.