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Print of Humphreys enthroned after defeat of Jewish boxer Mendoza

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.159

Satirical color etching by Thomas Harmar of an allegorical triumphal parade by Richard Humphreys after his victory against Jewish boxer Daniel Mendoza, who was badly injured in their match on January 9, 1788, in Odiham, England. Mendoza’s loss gave his former mentor and his supporters the opportunity to boast about defeating the popular Jew. This was the first of three matches to decide who fought the champion. Mendoza beat Humphreys in 1789 and 1790. Billed as Mendoza the Jew, he held the title of Champion of England from 1792 to 1795, and was the first prominent Jewish prizefighter in England. Mendoza was smaller than his opponents, and won bouts by superior technique, speed, and agility. His style, known as the Mendoza or Jewish school, is credited with inspiring a generation of boxers and establishing elements of modern boxing. The print is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
The Triumph, January 1788
publication/distribution:  1788 January 17
depiction:  1788 January 09
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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