Portraits of Early American Jews

By Hannah R. London

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 1924

The author responds to the recent revival of interest in early American art, and specifically early American portraits, by commenting that there has been a pathetic absence of attention given to the portraits of early American Jews. Namely, London asks, where were the portraits of Jews who had also shared in the encouragement of portrait painting in America? As such, this article provides detail (and copies of the portraits for that matter) on portraits of Jews that were masterfully executed, that may have been of an interesting subject, or had been painted by a renowned artist in the hundred years or so prior to 1775. The author concludes by writing that her brief study is an indication of the encouragement given to American art by many Jews in the period studied.

Topic: History, Art, Culture, Acculturation

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol. 25

Page Number(s): 147-162

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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London, Hannah R. Portraits of Early American Jews. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 1924: 147-162. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5657


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