The Sassoons


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Esther da Costa Meyer and Claudia J. Nahson

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Tracing the global history of the Sassoon family, entrepreneurs and patrons of remarkable art and architecture, from Baghdad to Mumbai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and London

The Sassoons were prosperous as bankers and treasurers to the Ottoman sultans in nineteenth-century Baghdad, until they were driven out by religious persecution and economic pressures. Assuming the precarious status of stateless Jews, the family dispersed, establishing businesses in Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and London. Their wealth enabled them to collect splendid works of art from the various cultures that welcomed them. This volume tells the sweeping global story of the Sassoon family through the works of art they collected. Lavishly illustrated with paintings, porcelain, manuscripts, Judaica, and architecture, it foregrounds family members who were patrons of art and sponsors of remarkable buildings, highlighting the role of the family’s accomplished women. Rachel Sassoon was editor of both the Times and the Observer newspapers in London at the turn of the twentieth century. The renowned war poet Siegfried Sassoon was a cousin. Victor Sassoon hosted the glitterati of the 1920s and 1930s at his Cathay Hotel in Shanghai. Featuring a family tree, this fascinating book explores generations of Sassoons for whom art was not only a mark of their arrival in the rarefied world of the upper class but a pleasure in itself.

Published in association with the Jewish Museum, New York

Exhibition Schedule:

Jewish Museum, New York
(March 3–August 13, 2023)

Esther da Costa Meyer is professor emerita of modern architecture at Princeton University. Claudia J. Nahson is Morris and Eva Feld Senior Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York.


Jewish Museum, New York
(March 3–August 13, 2023)

ISBN: 9780300264302
Publication Date: March 28, 2023
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Jewish Museum, New York
256 pages, 9 x 10 3/4
163 color + 92 b/w illus.
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