Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Joseph Leftwich

Artist information

Name Clare Winsten (1894-1989)

Other name Clara Weinstein, Clara Birnberg

Born Romania

Died London, England

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Clare Winsten (formerly Clara Weinstein, nee Birnberg) was a key member of the 'Whitechapel Group', a group of artists and poets, including her husband Stephen Winsten (formerly Samuel / Simy Weinstein). This group was usually called the 'Whitechapel Boys' and included Mark Gertler, Isaac Rosenberg and David Bomberg, who all studied with Clare at the Slade School for Fine Art. They were linked through the East End Jewish community centred around Whitechapel and Stepney. During the First World War, Stephen Winsten became a Conscientious Objector. Clare Winsten supported him and campaigned against his imprisonment. She later channelled her artistic output into sculpture, while Stephen Winsten continued to write. They also continued to work on pacifist and humanist activities and they both became Humanist Quakers.

Object Details

Date c. 1919

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 40.6 x 25.4 cm

Framed 50 x 34.2 cm

Signed (Upper left): 'C. Winsten' and inscribed (verso)

Acquisition Purchased in 2015 with the kind assistance of the ACE/ V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and Michael and ‎Brenda Joseph

Accession number 2015-21

Display status not on display

Like Clare Winsten, Joseph Leftwich (1892-1984) was a Jewish émigré. He was a founding member of the Whitechapel writers’ group, which included Stephen Winsten, Isaac Rosenberg and John Rodker. This work, with its bold palette and fractured background, shows the influence of Vorticism.

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