BALLIN, JOEL (1822–1885), Danish engraver and painter. He was born at Vejle, Jutland, and studied painting in Copenhagen, and engraving at Leipzig and Paris. His first painting was exhibited in 1841. Ballin lived from 1846 in Paris and London where he produced a series of reproductions of the paintings of Ostade and Protais and of some English and French artists. In 1861 he was awarded the gold medal of the Paris Salon. On his return to Denmark in 1883 Ballin was commissioned to engrave the works of prominent Danish artists. His "Procession on Simḥat Torah in the Synagogue of Copenhagen" is owned by the Copenhagen Jewish community. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dansk Biografisk Leksikon, 2 (1933), 54–55. (Julius Margolinsky)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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