Ben Uri collection

Work by Amy Drucker

The painter, etcher, miniaturist, lithographer, woodcut engraver and teacher, Amy Julia Drucker was born in London in 1873, although her origins are obscure. She trained at both St John’s Wood and Lambeth Schools of Art (the latter aimed at artisans who wished to earn a living from art), afterwards maintaining a studio in Bloomsbury, before travelling to Paris. Drucker also travelled extensively in the Far East, South America and in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), where she painted a life-size portrait of the Emperor, and spent several months in Palestine in 1920. During the First World War she served in the Land Army and during the Second worked as a factory hand and night-watchman. Between 1889 and 1939 she exhibited regularly all over England, including at the Royal Academy, specialising in atmospheric paintings of London (particularly East End) life. In 1906 she exhibited a well-received painting, fittingly entitled The Aliens at the Whitechapel Art Gallery’s Jewish Art and Antiquities exhibition, which had been largely conceived in response to the 1905 ‘Aliens Act’ designed to limit foreign immigration rights. She was also included (outside the ‘Jewish Section’) in 1914 in the exhibition Twentieth-Century Art: A Review of Modern Movements, when her work was hung between that of ‘Whitechapel Girl’ Clare Winsten, with whom she studied sculpture at the Central School, and the Vorticist Helen Saunders. striking figure with a strong profile and a highly individual way of dressing, Drucker often wore a cape and a broad-brimmed black hat and was never without a multi-coloured Mexican bag slung from her left shoulder. Following strong sales from her 1952 memorial exhibition, the Ben Uri Arts Committee (7 April 1952) decided to purchase For He Had Great Possessions; however, the work was subsequently acquired and presented by Dr Geoffrey Kohnstamm (a patron of Alfred Wolmark). She has four further works in the Ben Uri collection. After her death an annual prize of £10 was twice awarded to a promising young Jewish artist in her memory. The first recipient was Henry Sanders (1952); the second and final prize went to Alfred Harris (1954).

5 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

For He Had Great Possessions

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-76

The Village of Dor, Palestine

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-77

Old Man

Object type print

Accession number 1987-78

Portrait of a Man with a White Neckscarf

Object type print

Accession number 1987-79

Senorita Campistegni

Object type drawing

Accession number 1988-15