Ben Uri collection

Albert Einstein

Artist information

Name John Philipp (1872-1938)

Born Hamburg, Germany

Died Hamburg, Germany

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John Philipp was well-known for his portraits of key personalities including Rodin and the German Prince Regent.

Object Details

Date 1929

Object type print

Medium etching on paper

Materials and techniques etching (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 29.5 x 24 cm

Framed 40.3 x 36.8 cm

Signed signed, bottom left: John Philipp; bottom right: [signed by] A Einstein

Acquisition gift from the artist 1988

Accession number 1988-46

Display status On display in 'Refugees: The Lives of Others' until 4 June 2017

Family anecdote records that Einstein’s sitting in 1929 took place at the artist's request, after he visited the physicist in Berlin, sending up his portfolio by way of introduction. A letter from Enstein shows his admiration for the resulting portrait. Einstein fled Germany in 1933, lecturing in Oxford and Glasgow in June, and meeting Winston Churchill. In September, Einstein spent three weeks in Norfolk, at the invitation of Oliver Locker-Lampson MP, protected by two armed women secretaries. During this period, Jacob Epstein modelled his bust of Einstein, noting how he ‘resembled the ageing Rembrandt’. In October, before leaving for America, Einstein gave a speech in the Royal Albert Hall, attended by a crowd of 10,000, praising democracy and warning of the dangers ahead.


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