Ben Uri collection

East End Backyards

Artist information

Name Harry Blacker (Nero) (1910-1999)

Other name Nero

Born London, England

Died London, England

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Born in the East End, Harry Blacker was known as the "Giles" of Anglo-Jewry, after the renowned Daily Express cartoonist. He presented the “unique identity of a community torn between tradition and assimilation, between spiritual ascent and the more social variety” in a distinctive visual form. In the 1970s when Ben Uri explored the applied arts in its exhibition programme at Dean Street, Soho, Nero (meaning ‘black in Italian) was given a solo show: ‘Some of my Best Jokes are Jewish - a new collection of cartoons’ (1971) and participated in the ‘Cartoon and Caricature Exhibition (1975).

Object Details

Date c. 1931

Object type print

Medium linocut on paper

Materials and techniques linocut (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 35 x 26.3 cm

Framed 49 x 36 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: HB

Acquisition presented by the artist

Accession number 1990-12

Display status not on display

This linocut, with its strong graphic, shows the artist moving away from his customary humourous style, instead depicting his shabby East End neighbourhood with directness and simplicity of line.


east end | fence | house | print | roof | urban

Selected exhibition history

1986 Harry Blacker Retrospective Exhibition

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