Ben Uri collection

Junk Shop - Limehouse

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, Napthali 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 1935–7

Object type print

Medium etching on paper

Materials and techniques etching (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 17 x 22.1 cm

Framed 26 x 31.4 (paper size) cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Naphtali Kornbluth; dated, bottom left: 1935-1937

Acquisition gift from the artist

Accession number 1987-184v

Display status not on display

This work comes from a set of six etchings by Kornbluth of London Views, characterised by the quality of draughtsmanship and a feel for topographical accuracy. Examples of Kornbluth's printmaking are also held by the British Museum.


london | print

Selected exhibition history

1937 Annual Exhibition of Works by Jewish Artists

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