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Rowlandson print of a monkey merchant with an old Jewish man and his gentile mistress

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.173

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    Rowlandson print of a monkey merchant with an old Jewish man and his gentile mistress

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    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
    A Monkey Merhcant
    publication/distribution:  1806
    publication: London (England)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom center, black ink : A MONKEY MERCHANT,
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
    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 handcolored on paper of a rotund, gentleman merchant wearing a red jacket, striped vest, and white apron standing outside displaying 3 brown monkeys to potential customers on his left. He has a round, fleshy face with bumpy skin and thick, smiling lips. His left hand is pointing at a monkey wearing a blue coat on his shoulder and his right hand holds the second monkey’s leash, the third monkey is tucked under his arm. Standing in profile beside the merchant, an old gentleman with a walking stick is looking at the monkeys from beneath thick eyebrows, his fleshy lips smiling beneath a large nose. A colorfully dressed young woman with a plumed hat is standing behind the man and pointing at the monkeys, her other hand on his shoulder. The artist's name Rowlandson 1806 is printed within the image, with the caption in a panel along the bottom. The paper is torn and uneven.
    overall: Height: 11.875 inches (30.163 cm) | Width: 9.500 inches (24.13 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:
    2022-07-28 18:30:19
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