Carl Zewy (1855-1929) was a genre and allegorical painter, known for his depictions of traditional Jewish life. He studied at the academies in Vienna and Munich and exhibited regularly at the Ausstellungenen and the Kunstlerhaus. In the 1880’s he was taken under the wing of the art dealer Friedrich Schwarz who encouraged and mentored him. He produced numerous portraits for the aristocracry and the rising middle classes and also enjoyed creating many book illustrations.
So well regarded was he by the City of Vienna that they named a street after him (Zewygasse) and made him an honorary citizen on the City on the 24th April 1925.