Sculptor, painter and etcher Arnold Auerbach was born into a Jewish family in Liverpool, England on 2 April 1898. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art, as well as in Paris and in Switzerland. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and with the Goupil Gallery in London, as well as the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1927 his work was included in the Exhibition of Jewish Art and Antiquities at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and he exhibited with Ben Uri Gallery in the summer exhibition of 1944. Auerbach published a number of books on sculpture and his commissions include stylised panels for the Davis Theatre cinema in Croydon in 1928. During the Second World War Auerbach took up his first teaching post, at Beckenham School of Art in Kent, and afterwards joined the staff of the Regent Street Polytechnic in London, initially in the School of Architecture and later, in the School of Art, where he taught still life and portrait painting, before moving finally to the Chelsea School of Art, where he remained until his retirement in 1964; he continued to teach at the Stanhope Institute until 1968. Ill health forced him to give up sculpture in the mid-1950s for painting. He died in London, England on 12 September 1978. His work is in UK collections including New College, Oxford, Tate and the V&A.