Henry Oppenheimer (Biographical details)

Henry Oppenheimer (collector; British; Male; 1859 - 1932)

Also known as

Oppenheimer, Henry


Famous London collector. Born in Washington and trained in Frankfurt died in London. A partner in banking house Speyer Brothers until his resignation at the beginning of WWI. He began collecting at the end of the 19th century and purchased a major collection of Old Master drawings in ca 1912, moving shortly thereafter from his house at Southwick Crescent to larger accommodation in Kensington Palace Gardens. He was instrumental in securing deep secure storage for National Gallery holdings in a London Underground station and after 1918 continued to develop his collection which ranged from antiquities to majolica (some exhibited at the Italian Exhibition in 1930), Renaissance medals and drawings of the Italian, French, German and Netherlandish schools. Among the objects he gave the Museum were several ancient South Arabian antiquities which he jointly presented in 1915 with Maurice Rosenheim (q.v.)
For the BM's wish-list at the Oppenheimer sale see Popham's report to the Trustees 5 May 1396: none of the top three (Foucquet, Bouts and Grünewald) was acquired.
See also sv. Oppenheimer Fund


Catalogue of the Collection of Egyptian, Greek & Roman Antiquities, Cameos and Intaglios formed by the late Henry Oppenheimer, Esq., F.S.A., of 9 Kensington Palace
Gardens, W.8, sold at Christie's London 22 & 23 July 1936; Lugt 1351; sale of Old Master Drawings Christie's, 10-14 July 1936 (BM purchases 1936,1010.1-31. Obituary, 'The Times', 24 March 1932, p.17