Eduard and Amalie — The First Höbers for Whom There are Pictures

Eduard Höber, 1804-1849 and Amalie Höber, nee Oppenheim, 1817-1895

Eduard Höber, 1804-1849, was the son of Heinrich Höber, the first person who used that family name.  After his first wife died, Eduard married Amalie Oppenheim, niece of the famous painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim.  The miniatures of Eduard and Amalie were painted by their daughter, Marie  Höber Marx, who probably copied these images from full size wedding portraits, now lost.  The photograph of Eduard was probably taken shortly before his death.  Eduard, a prosperous businessman in Karlsruhe, was my grandfather Rudolf’s grandfather.  His brother Benedict was the progenitor of the branch of the Hoeber family that settled in New York in the 19th century.

Eduard Höber, 1804-1849

The miniatures are delicately painted on ivory sheets and the colors remain clear and bright more than 150 years after Marie painted them.  They were in the possession of my distant cousin, Beate Rosenthal Jencks, Marie’s grand-niece.  Beate’s parents rescued these and other of Marie’s miniatures when they fled Nazi Germany for India in 1936.  Beate had no surviving immediate relatives and gave me these beautiful pieces for the family archive in 2004.

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4 Comments on “Eduard and Amalie — The First Höbers for Whom There are Pictures”

  1. […] My great-great grandfather Eudard Höber, a merchant from Karlsruhe,  married my great-great grandmother Amalie, née Oppenheim, on November 17, 1839.  It was his second marriage, her first;  he was 34, she was 22.  I did a post about their portraits a few weeks ago that you can see here. […]

    • Peter Halfmann says:

      Amalie Oppenheim was a daughter of Simon Daniel O. (29.11.1786-29.9.1860) and Henriette Gumpel, and granddaughter of the wealthy bankier Lazarus Gumpel (29.4.1770 Hildesheim- 9.11.1843 Hamburg). Parents of her father are Daniel Simon O. and Gella Baruch. The first german jewish painter Moritz Daniel O. was her uncle.
      Peter Halfmann Duisburg Germany

      • Frank Hoeber says:

        Thanks for this information. I was aware of much of this by means of Monika Kingreen’s essay “Die Familie Oppenheim in der Hannauer Judengasse” in the 1997 book “Der Zyklus ‘Bilder aus dem altjuedischen Familienleben’ und sein Maler Moritz Daniel Oppenheim.” I also have, among many other family papers, a copy of the will of Henriette Gumpel. The latter document is written in the old Schrift, and it is one of the documents I have not yet had the opportunity to decipher. You are correct that Amalie was Moritz’s niece, not his sister, and I will correct that in this blog entry.

  2. […] from full size oil paintings that have been lost.  I wrote an earlier post about those miniatures here. Mimi was very attached to her sister, Anna, and painted her portrait in 1868 when Mimi was 25 and […]


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