Family Portrait: John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children

From left to right: the descendants of the Meyer family John Eastwood, Robin Eastwood, Caroline Ashford, Tessa Murdoch, and the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum, Norman L. Kleeblatt.


Dr. Tessa Murdoch is a stately woman, whose regal bearing combines a statuesque height, formidable intellect and a distinguished ancestry. She is the great-granddaughter of Adèle Meyer, the subject of John Singer Sargent’s masterpiece Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children which made its debut at London’s 1897 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Closing this Sunday, February 5, the exhibition at the Jewish Museum, curated by the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator Norman Kleeblatt, features the painting and other art and objects depicting the family’s life in England.  Continue reading

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Remembering Persecuted Jews

August Sander, Persecuted Jews, c. 1938, printed 1990


In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the day was established to commemorate victims of the Nazis and to raise awareness, thereby preventing future genocide. Drawing from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN resolution condemns all forms of “religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief” throughout the world.

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