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Portrait

Object | Accession Number: 1991.158.84

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Portrait of Miriam Devenport Ebel created by Bil Frier.
    Artwork Title
    Portrait of Miram Devenport Ebel
    Series Title
    1 in a portfolio of 3
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam Davenport Ebel
    Signature
    Unsigned
    Contributor
    Artist: Bill Spira
    Subject: Miriam Davenport Ebel
    Biography
    Bill Spira, a cartoonist, was also known as Bil Freier. He was originally from Austria. During the Holocaust he forged passports for the Emergency Rescue Committee. Despite Varian Fry's (an American ERC representative) intervention, he was arrested and deported to Auschwitz. He survived the camp.
    Miriam Davenport Ebel (1915-1999) was born Miriam Davenport in Boston, studied art and architecture history at Smith College, New York University, and the University of Paris, and escaped to Toulouse and then Marseille during the German invasion in May 1940. She worked with Varian Fry at the Centre Américain de Secours, a cover for the Emergency Rescue Committee, helping to smuggle antifascist artists, writers, and intellectuals out of Europe. She joined her fiancé in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, in October, returned to the United States via Lisbon just after Pearl Harbor, and continued to work for relief, rescue, and refugee organizations. After the war she pursued her career in painting and sculpture and as an instructor in art and French. She married Charles Ebel (1937-2013) in the 1960s.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Drawings
    Physical Description
    Matted. This portrait was reproduced on the jacket of Surrender on Demand.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 14.500 inches (36.83 cm) | Width: 19.500 inches (49.53 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm) | Width: 7.620 inches (19.355 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The portrait was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991 by Miriam Davenport Ebel.
    Record last modified:
    2023-05-12 11:10:43
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