Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Elkan Adler

Artist information

Name Leopold Pilichowski (1866-1934)

Born Poland

Died London, England

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Pilichowski was taught to draw by his relation Samuel Hirszenberg and also lived for a time in Paris, studying with Benjamin Constant. He exhibited widely including in Paris, London, New York and Warsaw. He immigrated to London in 1914 and was President of the Ben Uri Art Society from 1926-32.

Object Details

Date 1914

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 43 x 24.5 cm

Framed 52 x 33.5 cm

Signed signed and dated, top left: L. Pilichowski, London, 1914

Acquisition presented by A.E. Ettinghausen 1993

Accession number 1993-8

Display status not on display

The sitter, Elkan Nathan Adler (1861-1946), son of Chief Rabbi Nathan Adler and brother of Chief Rabbi Hermann Adler, was an author, lawyer, historian, and bibliophile, amassing an impressive collection of Jewish books and manuscripts. His extensive library was sold to to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City and Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1923. Adler was the first European to explore the documents stored in the Cairo Genizah, collecting and bringing to England over 25,000 Genizah fragments from his visits in 1888 and 1895. He was also a specialist in the history of Persian (Iranian) Jews.


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