Joseph Mordecai (1851-1940)
|Artist Name||Joseph Mordecai (1851-1940)|
|Title||An Arabian Beauty|
|Description||An original oil on canvas by the noted and celebrated British Jewish artist Joseph Mordecai. This lovely large portrait depicts an Arabian beauty and was painted in 1873. This is a stunning museum quality work of art with excellent provenance. .
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||Royal Academy 1873 No 457. Title A Nubian.
Christies London 1901.
Photographic Society 1901.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||30.3 x 25.2 inches|
|Frame||Gilt gallery frame 40 inches by 35 inches. Excellent condition.|
|Condition||Excellent museum condition.|
|Biography||Joseph Mordecai (1851-1940). Mordecai was a famous Jewish painter of portraits, genre scenes and literary subjects. Born in London, he studied at Heatherleys and the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited 15 times from 1873-99 at the Royal Academy, Suffolk Street, and also at the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. At The RA titles included our painting “A Nubian” 1873 and “Day Dreams” 1888 amongst many others. He received an honourable mention at the Paris Salon. Mordecai painted the last portrait of King Edward VII, held by the Royal Collection, as well as portraits of many celebrities of a bygone day. He was a double medallist at the Royal Academy and was still actively engaged in his profession after his eightieth birthday. Works are held in the National Portrait Gallery, Leeds and London collections. He lived in London for many years then in 1929 moved to Godalming in Surrey. He died at the age of 89.