Benno Elkan

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Benno Elkan OBE (2 December 1877, Dortmund, Westphalia - 10 January 1960, London) was a German-born British sculptor and medallist. Married to Hedwig Einstein, sister of Carl Einstein and a concert pianist in her own right. Together they had two children: Ursula and Wolf, both of whom emigrated to the United States. He died in London and is buried there with his wife, Hedwig, at Willesden, England.


  • Gymnasium, Dortmund
  • Château du Rosey, Rolle, nr Lausanne
  • Royal Academy, Munich and Karlsruhe i/B as painter
  • Self-trained as sculptor


He studied and worked in Paris, Rome and Frankfurt am Main, and moved to London following the rise of the Nazis in Germany in 1933. His works included tombs, busts, medals and monuments. He was an exhibitor in International Exhibitions in Germany, France, Italy, and England; his works are in many museums in Europe.

Some major works[edit]

Figure in Dortmund


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