Ben Uri collection

Islington Reservoir

Artist information

Name Naphtali Kornbluth (1914-1997)

Other name Nathaniel

Born London, England

Died London, England

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Later known as the more English-sounding Nathaniel, Kornbluth was born in London’s East End to orthodox Polish-Jewish emigre parents who disapproved of him practising art. He therefore worked in the wholesale menswear ‘rag’ trade during the day, while studying art at evening classes variously at Hackney Technical School (1933), Central School of Arts and Crafts (1934-7), where he concentrated on etching, and at the Cass School of Art in the 1970s. He exhibited at the East End Academy from the 1930s and at the Whitechapel Gallery. Much of his subjectmatter is inspired by his own East End neighbourhood, often featuring the hidden canals and industrial riversides of east London.

Object Details

Date 1936

Object type print

Medium etching on paper

Materials and techniques etching (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 10 x 17.5 cm

Framed 25.7 x 31.6 (paper size) cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Naphtali Kornbluth; dated, bottom left: 1936

Acquisition gift from the artist

Accession number 1987-184iii

Display status not on display

Kornbluth specialised in etching during his time at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1934-7) and was particularly known for depicting his own East End neighbourhood. A version of this etching was exhibited as (no. 62), priced £10.6 shillings at the 'Annual Exhibition of Works by Jewish Artists' at the Ben Uri, at 43-44 Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly Circus from 21 June - 5 July 1936.


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