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Gillray print of Jewish boxer Mendoza winning 1st match with Ward

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.157

Colored etching by James Gillray of Jewish boxer Daniel Mendoza and Bill Ward near the end of a bareknuckle match on May 14, 1792, near Croydon, England. Mendoza won, overpowering Ward, born Warr, and leaving him too injured to walk away unassisted. The match was fought to settle Ward’s dispute with Mendoza’s claim to the title, Champion of England. Billed as Mendoza the Jew, he held the title from 1792 to 1795. He was the first prominent Jewish prizefighter in England and inspired a generation of boxers. Mendoza was smaller than his opponents, and won due to his superior technique, speed, and agility. His style, known as the Mendoza or Jewish school, established many elements of modern boxing. Gillray (1756-1815) was one of the greatest caricaturists of the 18th century. The print is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Dan Beating the Philistines
publication/distribution:  1792 May
depiction:  1792 May 14
publication: London (England)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:19
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