Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Claude Joseph Goldsmid Montefiore (1858-1938), Biblical scholar and philanthropist
While he could appear unkempt, even shabby, there was great magnetism:
Tall, with somewhat Semitic features, close cropped hair and a beard, his eyes were arresting even to a stranger. When a few years ago his portrait was painted by a leading artist of the day [?G.F. Watts], the picture was criticised because the eyes had not been accurately portrayed. ‘You cannot expect me to paint stars’ replied the artist. 
He was very careless, as his brother had been, about his clothes and their cut. In London he was always in black. His boots had to be too large – he could bear no pressure – and so had his gloves; and he wore a large, floppety wide-a-wake [hat] unlike anyone else’s, and sometimes mittens on his wrists. 
he was quite unforgettable, and unlike any other man one has ever met or may reasonably expect to meet again. His physical appearance was arresting. The erect figure, the high dominant brow, the deep-set glowing brown eyes, the clear ringing voice and the upright and downright ways of speech gave an impression of commanding force. 
Footnotesback to top
1) His name is variously spelt: ‘Claude Joseph Goldsmid-Montefiore’ (‘Montefiore assumed the additional surname of Goldsmid by letters patent in 1883’), Alderman 2004; ‘Claude Goldsmid Montefiore’ (‘he substituted his mother’s maiden name [Goldsmid] for his original middle name, Joseph’), Rubinstein et al. 2011; ‘Dr Claude G. Montefiore’ (‘he added his mother’s name to his own by Letters Patent’), Jewish Chronicle, 15 July 1938, p.14 (obit.). Montefiore himself signed his publications ‘Claude G. Montefiore’, without a hyphen.
2) Sir Basil Henriques Diary [no date], cited Fox 2011, pp.203–4.
3) Cohen 1940, p.67.
4) Herbert A.L. Fisher, quoted in Cohen 1940, p.11.
Referencesback to topAlderman 2004
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