Bernard Horwich

John Doctoroff's portrait of Bernard Horwich

September 2008

There is a double connection to Chicago in this portrait of Bernard Horwich, which was painted by John Doctoroff.

Horwich was a leader in Chicago's Jewish community. Born in Lithuania, he came to Chicago in 1880. He became a bank president and served many charitable causes. His name lives on with the Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center, which opened on Touhy Avenue in 1960.

John Doctoroff was born in New York in 1893, and he died in Chicago in 1970. He was a well-known portrait painter. One of his most famous portraits was of Abraham Lincoln, which was based on photographs. Doctoroff was the grandfather of Barbara Levy Kipper, a trustee of the Chicago History Museum and, as a photographer, an artist in her own right.

Bernard Horwich portrait and Barbara Levy Kipper

Barbara Levy Kipper and her grandfather's portrait
of Bernard Horwich.

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