Ben Uri collection

Head of a Girl

Artist information

Name Elsa Fraenkel (1892-1975)

Other name Elsa Rothschild

Born Bensheim, Germany

Died Bangalore, India

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Fraenkel trained at the Karlsruhe Academy and in Paris, then travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and India. Following her divorce in 1933, she returned to Paris, before immigrating to London, bringing many of her sculptures with her and later establishing a studio in St. John’s Wood. During the war, her son worked in a factory that produced the Mosquito Fighter Bomber and she suffered difficulties after her identity stolen by a German spy. Postwar, she exhibited in Ben Uri’s 1951 Festival of Britain Anglo-Jewish Exhibition, later moving to Bangalore, India, to be with her daughter and family.

Object Details

Date 1924

Object type sculpture

Medium bronze; wooden base

Materials and techniques bronze (medium)

Dimensions 30 x 22 x 23 cm

Acquisition Presented by Alice Schwab 1988

Accession number 1988-19

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