Famous artist Manuel Immanuel’s blue plaque will be unveiled at Grantham


A blue plaque to commemorate a nationally renowned artist will be unveiled in the city next month.

Manuel Immanuel was a talented artist, stage designer, draughtsman, miniaturist, antiquarian and Hebrew scholar who settled in Grantham in 1814 as a draughtsman.

He was a founding member of the Freemasons’ Grantham Doric Lodge and members of the society will be present on April 3 when the blue plaque is unveiled by Venerable Master Keith Harrison after the opening of the Mid-Lent Fair at 2 p.m. time.

Painting by Manuel Immanuel of Grantham Market Place in 1820 (28357693)

The blue plaque, organized by the Grantham Civic Society, will be placed on the shop just around the corner from the Old Conduit and they have permission from the owners of the property, Buckminster Estates.

Manuel was a Fellow of the Royal Academy and spent many years living and working in the eastern counties of England, but settled in Grantham in 1814 as a drawing master.

He specialized in oil painting on velvet, depicting life-size animals, including elephants and giraffes. His work includes lantern-lit transparencies and he also experiments with light and shadow, sometimes using a camera obscura.

The blue plate for Manuel Immanuel will be placed on April 3.  (55374685)
The blue plate for Manuel Immanuel will be placed on April 3. (55374685)

Manuel died in 1834 and was buried in Sherwood Street Jewish Cemetery in Nottingham. It was frequented by both royalty and the aristocracy.

Ruth Crook, of the Grantham Civic Society, said: ‘His name has now been largely forgotten and references to him are rare, so this blue plaque helps to redress the balance in some way.’


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