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Artist information

Name Walter Herz (1909-1965)

Born Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic)

Died London, England

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Walter Herz was born in 1909 in Czechoslovakia and trained and practised as a lawyer before emigrating to London in 1939. After the war, he started a commercial art studio with Victor Ross, working on leaflets and fundraising material for Zionist organisations and was also a notable collector of books and artefacts, most of which went to the University of Jerusalem. His commercial work included illustrating numerous books on Jewish subjects, including books for children, among them ‘Silver Wing’, ‘Golden Harp: Jewish Stories for Children’, ‘The Golden Thread’ and ‘The Everlasting Nay’. He also designed the Holocaust Memorial for the Leicester Synagogue. In 1948, he designed the official poster for the London Olympic Games.

Object Details

Date 1947

Object type painting

Medium oil and gouache on paper

Materials and techniques gouache (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 67.5 x 83.5 cm

Framed 82 x 98 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom right: Herz 47

Acquisition gift from V.V.Rosenfeld

Accession number 1987-142

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