Louis Cahen d'Anvers

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Louis Cahen d'Anvers
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Born Louis Raphaël Cahen d'Anvers
(1837-05-24)24 May 1837
Antwerp, Belgium
Died 20 December 1922(1922-12-20) (aged 85)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Banker, politician

Count Louis Raphaël Cahen d'Anvers (24 May 1837 – 20 December 1922) was a French banker.

Born in 1837 as the son of Meyer Joseph Cahen d'Anvers and Clara Bischoffsheim, he was a scion of two wealthy Jewish banking families. He married Louise de Morpurgo, of an also wealthy Sephardi Jewish family from Triest. Two of their daughters, Alice (1876–1965) and Elisabeth (1874–1944), were painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Pink and Blue in 1881. Alice married Major General Sir Charles Townshend and was the grandmother of Belgian-American journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave.[1][2]

A third daughter, Irene (1872 -1963) was also the subject of a Renoir painting entitled Little Irene. Louis was so dissatisfied with the painting that he hung it in the servants' quarters and delayed payment of only 1500 francs.[3] Irene married Moïse de Camondo in 1891 and divorced in 1902.


  1. ^ "Obituary: Sir C. Townsend". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 19 May 1924. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Arnaud de Borchgrave Awarded the Legion of Honor". Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Nord, Philip G. (2000). Impressionists and Politics: Art and Democracy in the Nineteenth Century. London: Routledge. p. 60. ISBN 041507715X.