Mrs. Louis E. Raphael
Oil on canvas
59" x 39 "
Trey Smedley / local
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Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 &
31 Jan 2002
My wife is the great
of Mrs. Louis E. Raphael (Henriette Goldschmidt) . . . a bit
[her]. And by the way, the family name is pronounced "ray-ful". Don't
why. They were all eccentrics I guess!
The Raphaels were, and still
the proprietors of a bank and brokerage house in London dating back to
the 18th century. They were a prominent and wealthy family, second only
to the Rothschilds at the time. Henriette married one of the many
men involved in the business. Interestingly, Sargent also painted the
of 2 other Raphael wives.
While the Smithsonian has these catalogued as well, I have never seen
of them, nor do I know their whereabouts. Likely, they are still in the
family somewhere. Louis and Henriette had 2 sons. One of which, named
is my wife's grandfather. Her father is named Stephen and, you guessed
it, our son is also named Stephen. My wife's grandfather was the last
his line to be involved in the family business. Unfortunately, while I
can bore you with details about the family tree, I can't offer much
on Henriette herself.
My wife and I are hoping
down some information on the othe 2 Raphael Sargents. If we do I'll be
glad to pass that along.
Thank you and please keep
This is wonderful.
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002
I am researching a member
Raphael family, Henriette Raphael, who was married to the uncle of
Raphael, whose wife's portrait was painted by Sargent [this
above] (both women were named Henriette) . You mentioned in the
three portraits of Raphael wives; what is the third?
I am in touch with
(Theodore's wife) who is coming to London in November to visit the
where I work, which is named after her great-great aunt by marriage.
I hope this is not too
I really like your website!
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002
Here is a list of the 3
One point of confusion is
Louis and his uncle's wives were named Henriette. The elder Henriette
the one for whom the King's College building is named.
- Mrs. Louis E.
- online (Above),
Ernest G. Raphael (Flora Cecilia Sassoon) - online
- Mrs. William G.
Goldsmid) - yet to be seen
Special thanks to Trey
Smedley, a friend
Gallery, for sending me this image; and Wim Meijer for additional