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Staffordshire loving cup printed with Lord Gordon's circumcision

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.12

Staffordshire creamware double handed cup with 2 transfer painted scenes: one of sailors and a drinking song, Can of Grog, by Charles Didbin. The other image, Lord George Riot made a Jew, depicts the circumcision of Lord George Gordon (1751-1793), a British politician who converted to Judaism and was circumcised in 1787, taking the name Israel Ben Abraham. The title refers to the Gordon Riots of 1780, which began with an anti-Catholic demonstration organized by Gordon to protest the Catholic Relief Act. A crowd of 60,000 gathered and anti-Catholic riots broke out in London for several days. In 1788, Gordon was jailed for libel. He continued observing Jewish rituals, and died in Newgate Prison in 1793. This loving cup is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

creation:  1787
depiction:  1787
creation: Stoke-on-Trent (England)
Household Utensils
Object Type
Loving cups (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2023-01-31 14:16:33
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