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This painting is in dedication " in honor of Meyer Ehrenberg by his students" as stated on a scroll held by the sitter. The scroll is dated October 7, 1820 and is followed by a list of names in two columns: (M.Ehrenberg, P.Ehrenberg, B. Ehrenberg, M.Imanuel M.Balke, B.Meier, L.Franck, M. Cohen, W.Fraenkel, M. Chohns, P.Goldschmidt, J.Lippoa, A. Nathan, M.Kramer, J.Fraenkel, M.Goldschmidt.) Ehrenberg was the founder of the first modern Jewish Day School in Germany, at Wolfenbuettel. Ehrenberg was the great-grandfather of the Jewish Theologian Franz Rosenzweig.
The portrait of Hale Meyer (cataloged at 77.25a) painted by the same artist has an inscription engraved on the back of the frame (not a signature), giving the name of the painter as: "I.Schroeder, Maler." Since there seems to be no painter by that name active in 1815, if the inscription is correct, it suggests the hand of a goldsmith, Johannes Wilhelm Schroeder, 1784-1847, who worked in Lubeck.
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Schröder, Johann W.: Portrait of Samuel Mayer Ehrenberg (1773 - 1853), Leo Baeck Institute, 77.25b.
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