The sitter was a Chinese acquaintance of Jacoby, whom he portrayed during his sojourn in Shanghai.
Hans Jacoby was born in Dresden in 1900 and studied painting. He left Germany for Holland in 1938 and was interned by the Dutch government at the Hoek van Holland camp for illegal refugees. In April 1940 he emigrated to Shanghai and took courses at the Juedische Gemeinde Shanghai and at the Asia Seminar. He immigrated to the United States in 1947 and died in 1984.
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Jacoby, Hans: Religious Figure : Portrait of a clergyman in Shanghai, Leo Baeck Institute, 80.228.