Frame: 127.6 x 94.3 x 6cm (50 1/4 x 37 1/8 x 2 3/8")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift from the Ochs / Sulzberger Family
Born Cincinnati, Ohio
In 1883 Adolph Ochs married "Effie" Miriam Wise, the daughter of Isaac M. Wise. Rabbi Wise—a leading exponent of Reform Judaism in America and founder of the Hebrew Union College, America’s first Jewish theological school—was concerned about his daughter marrying an "obscure printer." But after Ochs’s success with the Chattanooga Times, he began to look for another paper. He purchased the New York Times in 1896, and Effie became its book review editor.
In May 1930, in London, artist Philip de László created this portrait of Effie Ochs, which was later framed to form a pair with the earlier painting of her husband. Later that summer, Ochs wrote to the artist: "Mrs. Ochs’ portrait is generally commended as a masterpiece. My daughter says that [her] descendants will cherish it as a treasured possession, and can take pride in having a woman of such culture, grace and beauty as their ancestor."