Self-Portrait by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, 1814-16. Moritz Oppenheim’s life and work epitomize German Jewry’s journey from traditional life to modernity. Born in the ghetto of Hanau, he studied academic painting, an opportunity previously unavailable to Jews. In this work, one of the earliest self-portraits by a Jewish artist, a young Oppenheim depicts himself proudly holding his palette, a vivid testimony to the emergence of Jewish artists during the 19th century.
Portrait of Dr. William Jardine by George Chinnery (1774-1852). William Jardine (1784 – 1843) was a Scottish physician and merchant who co-founded the Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine, Matheson and Company.