Rose Henriques - untitled

Artist Biography


Rose Henriques was a social philanthropist and musician as well as a self-taught painter. Married to Sir Basil Henriques, knighted in 1955 for his work helping the poor in London’s East End Jewish community, the couple remained based in London’s East End throughout their lives. During World War II Rose worked as an ambulance driver and then an Air Raid Warden and in July 1945 went to Bergen-Belsen to help survivors from the concentration camps.

As well as other social work with Basil, Rose fostered local interest in art and painted east London’s streets and docks. The Whitechapel Gallery first exhibited her paintings in 1934 and later held two solo shows of Henriques’ pictures of Stepney in 1947 and in 1961. She also showed at the Society of Women Artists. Tower Hamlets Public Libraries holds a large collection of her pictures, whilst the London Museum has a number of her works depicting London during the Blitz. The Bodleian Library in Oxford holds some of her papers as does the Wiener Holocaust Archive.

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