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Rowlandson etching of a bailiff suspicious of a Jewish bail bondsman

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    Rowlandson etching of a bailiff suspicious of a Jewish bail bondsman


    Brief Narrative
    Colored etching by T. Rowlandson of a scene from Fleet prison whereby a lady is distressed because the prison official is reluctant to accept bail from a Jew. The etching is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    A Lady in Limbo, Or Jew Bail Rejected
    publication/distribution:  1802
    publication: London (England)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom, title, black ink : A LADY IN LIMB, OR JEW BAIL REJECTED
    front, bottom, black ink : Pubd. July 1st. 1802. by S. W. Fores. 50 Piccadilly.
    front, bottom right, stamped, black ink : S.W.F.
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
    Publisher: S. W. Fores
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Print of an etching in colored ink on paper of a cartoon of 5 adults meeting in a room with a barred window. A white haired middle aged man in a blue frock coat, breeches, and vest sits in a chair with his white stockinged right leg crossed over his left. On the wall behind him is a sign with English text: Harry Holdfast Officer to the four counties. His arms are crossed, right hand on his chin, as he studies a red haired Jewish man, the bondsman, who stands looking at him from the far right in a brown suit, holding a hat and walking stick. Between them are 3 people who watch the bailiff with anxious expressions. In the center are a young man and woman seated at a small, pedestal table. The blond haired woman, on the left, clutches a handkerchief in her hands and wears a blue plumed hat and white gown. The man to her right wears a frock coat, breeches, and black hat; his mouth is open and he holds an open liquor bottle. Behind them is a fat, older woman in a blue bonnet, red cape, and white blouse. She is talking to the officer and pointing at the bondsman. There is a caption along the bottom and the paper is stained.
    overall: Height: 10.125 inches (25.718 cm) | Width: 13.000 inches (33.02 cm)
    overall : paper, ink
    back, center, pencil : 38684

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    Administrative Notes

    The etching was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:30:19
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