• Victorian and British Impressi auction at Christies

    Sale 5881

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    18 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 9

    Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958)

    Portrait of Nissim Levy Esq., half-length, in a black suit, his spectacles in his right hand

    Price Realised  

    Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958)
    Portrait of Nissim Levy Esq., half-length, in a black suit, his spectacles in his right hand
    signed and dated 'C. SPENCELAYH/1922' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)


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    Nissim Levy was the father of Joseph Nissim Levy (see lot 10). From Izmir, Turkey (then called Smirna) he was a philanthropist responsible for the building of the Beth Israel Synagogue, The Karatus Hospital and the Asansor. The Asansor is a lift which was built to take people from street level up a cliff to the Synagogue, and has become a national monument in Dario Morena Street, Izmir. At the top, there is a commemoration plaque, with Nissim's name inscribed.

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    Provenance

    By descent to the present owner.