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Clara Ewald

(1859-1948), Artist

Artist of 2 portraits
Ewald was a German artist who emigrated to Britain in 1938, living in Cambridge and later Belfast. She worked primarily as a portraitist and her works are in several British public collections. Her best-known work is perhaps the portrait of the poet Rupert Brooke, painted near Munich, in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 4911).

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Rupert Brooke, by Clara Ewald - NPG 4911

Rupert Brooke

by Clara Ewald
oil on canvas, 1911
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4911

Albert Schweitzer, by Clara Ewald - NPG 6985

Albert Schweitzer

by Clara Ewald
oil on canvas, early 1930s
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6985

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Marion Lott

04 June 2018, 16:14

We have a portrait of Louisa Martindale at our church hall, which was previously a Congregational Church, in Horsted Keynes, West Sussex. Louisa Martindale was a well known suffragist in Sussex, living in Brighton and then Horsted Keynes, where she died.

Kitty Cooper

19 November 2016, 22:52

This is from a website that had some famous people of Ulster, Ireland that is no longer available, now published on and

Clara Ewald was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1859. After the death of her husband, an art historian, in 1909, she moved with her son Peter (b.1888) to the village of Holzhausen, an artists' colony on the Ammersee, a lake near Munich. It was there in 1911 that her best-known portrait, of the English poet Rupert Brooke - it now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London - was painted. Brooke was at the time on a European tour and had made the acquaintance of Peter Ewald, then a student at Munich University; the broad-brimmed hat that is such a feature of the picture actually belonged to Peter. The Ewald dwelling in Holzhausen still exists, largely unaltered.

In October 1938 the Ewalds emigrated to Cambridge, where Peter had obtained a post in the university. Clara's best-known portrait from Cambridge days is of Paul Dirak, the discoverer of anti-matter (Nobel Prize for Physics, 1933). Peter later took up a position at Queen's University, Belfast, and Clara moved to Belfast with him. She died, at 55 Rugby Road, on 15th January 1948.

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