The Sassoons: Art Collectors, Patrons, and Civic Leaders

Co-Presented with 92NY


Tuesday, March 28, 2023
10:30 – 11:45 am EDT
Zoom, Virtual Program

Join Jewish Museum Senior Curator Claudia J. Nahson and discover the remarkable history of the Sassoon family and their pioneering role in trade, art collecting, architectural patronage, and civic engagement from the early 19th century through World War II. Examine paintings, decorative arts, illuminated manuscripts, and Judaica, that explore themes such as discrimination, diaspora, colonialism, global trade, and war. Nahson will highlight works amassed by four generations of family members, including lavishly decorated Hebrew manuscripts; Chinese art and ivory carvings; and rare Jewish ceremonial art. The impressive collection also features Western masterpieces, like paintings by Thomas Gainsborough and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and portraits by John Singer Sargent of various Sassoon family members. 

Co-presented with the Roundatable by the 92nd Street Y, New York, this lecture highlights research from the upcoming exhibition The Sassoons (March 3 – August 13, 2023).

Due to the nature of this course, there will not be a recording available for later viewing.

For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Tickets: $30 General; Jewish Museum members save 15%

Portrait of David Sassoon (b. Baghdad 1792- d. Pune, India, 1864) Oil on canvas; 41 ½ × 33 in. (105.4 × 83.8 cm) Framed dims: H 51 W 42 ½ D 2 ¾ in. Private Collection