Jacob (Jacques) Wiener

Born: 1815, Hoerstgen (Rhenish Prussia)
Died: 1899, Brussels

Belgian engraver, medallist. Elder brother of engravers Léopold Wiener (1823–1891) and Charles Wiener (1832–1887). Born in the family of Jewish merchant Marcus Wiener and his wife Hanna Baruch in the village of Hoerstgen in the Rhine Province of Prussia (1815). Moved with his family to Venlo in the Netherlands (1817). Trained in Aix-la-Chapelle and Paris (1830s). Engraved a medal marking the cession of Venlo to the Netherlands (1840). Settled in Brussels and became a Belgian subject (1845). Carved medals depicting the interiors and exteriors of famous European monuments, such as cathedrals, churches, mosques, synagogues, prisons and town halls (1845–65), including a silver medal commemorating the consecration of St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg (1858). Suffered from failing eyesight (1872) and forced to abandon medal engraving (1874). Died in Brussels (1899). Contributed to exhibitions, including Jacob Wiener, Europa in Münzen, Medaillen, Briefmarken at Kloster Kamp in Kamp-Lintfort in Germany (1989) and St Petersburg: A Portrait of the City and its Citizens at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2003).

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