Felix Moscheles


Felix Stone Moscheles (8 February 1833 – 22 December 1917) was an English painter, writer, peace activist and advocate of Esperanto. He frequently painted genre scenes and portraits.

Felix Moscheles
Felix Moscheles
Portrait of Felix Moscheles
Felix Stone Moscheles

(1833-02-08)8 February 1833
London, England
Died22 December 1917(1917-12-22) (aged 84)
Known forpainting
Spouse(s)Margaret Moscheles
Felix and Margaret Moscheles


Born on 8 February 1833 in London to a German Jewish family,[1][2] Felix Moscheles was the son of the well-known pianist and music teacher Ignaz Moscheles. The family settled in London during the early 1800s, where his father taught at the Royal Philharmonic Society.[2] The family converted to Christianity after the move to England.[3]

His godfather, after whom he was named, was the composer Felix Mendelssohn, who had been a pupil of his father.[2] In the 1840s, Mendelssohn founded Leipzig Conservatory and Moscheles' father took on a teaching post there. Felix attended the St. Thomas School and went on to study art.

He married painter Margaret Moscheles (née Sobernheim) in 1875 in Germany.[4] Together they spent the winter of 1893 in traveling in North Africa, which inspired a body of artwork.[5] His paintings were exhibited in Paris, Antwerp and London. Felix Moscheles studied painting with Jozef Van Lerius.[1]


In 1903 Felix Moscheles became the first president of the London Esperanto Club. He was a pacifist and internationalist, and as such also served as president of the International Arbitration and Peace Association. He was involved in attempts to develop international dispute resolution protocols at the Hague.[6]

He died on 22 December 1917 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.[1]


  • "Patriotism as an Incentive to Warfare" (1870; Wertheimer, London)[7]
  • In Bohemia with Du Maurier. The first of a series of reminiscences. With 63 original drawings by G. Du Maurier, illustrating the artist's life in the fifties (1896; T. F. Unwin, London)[8]
  • Fragments of an Autobiography (1899; James Nisbet, London)[9]


  1. ^ a b c Moscheles, Felix. Benezit Dictionary of Art. Oxford University Press. 2011. doi:10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.b00126346.
  2. ^ a b c Alihusain, C. "Remembering Felix Moscheles (1833-1917) | Peace Palace Library". Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. ^ Kroll, Mark (2014). Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe. Boydell & Brewer Ltd. pp. 333–334. ISBN 9781843839354.
  4. ^ "Moscheles Margaret 1854-1927". Artist Biographies UK. Retrieved 26 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Our London Correspondence". Newspapers.com. Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1893. p. 7. Retrieved 26 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Sandi E. Cooper, Patriotic pacifism: waging war on war in Europe, 1815-1914, Oxford University Press, 1991, p.103
  7. ^ "Patriotism as an Incentive to Warfare" (March 1, 1883) The Herald of Peace and International Arbitration, The Peace Society, London
  8. ^ Felix Moscheles (1897) In Bohemia with Du Maurier, T. Fisher Unwin, London (Google eBook)
  9. ^ Felix Moscheles (1899) Fragments of an Autobiography, Harper & Bros., New York and London (Google eBook)

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