Ben Uri collection

Three Musicians

Artist information

Name Mark Wayner (1888-1980)

Born Lomza, Poland

Died Saffron Walden, Essex, England

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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and then briefly at the Slade School from 1909–10, assisted by a Jewish Educational Aid Society (JEAS) grant (which was withdrawn due to poor attendance).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 Details

Object type drawing

Medium gouache on card

Materials and techniques gouache (medium)

Unframed 38.8 x 50.8 cm

Acquisition gift from Dr and Mrs Kenneth Sanders, 1989

Accession number 1989-16

Display status not on display

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