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Print of a very thin Jew wooing a very fat lady

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.170

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    Print of a very thin Jew wooing a very fat lady


    Brief Narrative
    The etching is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    publication/distribution:  1801 August 20
    publication: London (England)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom, black ink : Engraved from a Drawing by Frederick George Byron Esqr. London Published by William Holland, No. 50. Oxford Street, Augst. 20. 1801.
    front, bottom center, black ink : Courtship. / O! that this too, too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw and resolve itself into a Jew!
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: Frederick George Byron
    Publisher: William Holland
    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
    Color print of an engraving of a corpulent gentile woman seated in an armchair with a blue backrest next to a very skinny, kneeling man. Her eyes, nose, and mouth are petit and she wears a white mobcap and a white dress with a red sash. She faces right with her eyes closed, cheeks flushed, and lips puckered. The man holds her left arm in both hands and simpers up at her. He has stereotypical Jewish features, including thick eyebrows, hooded eyes, a large nose, and large lips, and wears a Georgian style wig, blue suit, white socks, and black shoes. The print has a blue background, yellow border, and a caption in a panel at the bottom.
    overall: Height: 15.000 inches (38.1 cm) | Width: 11.875 inches (30.163 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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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:
    2023-09-15 10:17:31
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