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Satiric print about the emancipation of the Jews of Westphalia by King Jerome

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.174

In early July 1807, France signed the Treaties of Tilsit with Russia and Prussia. France and Russia became allies and Austria and Prussia were divided up between them. Napoleon Bonaparte used part of this region to create The Kingdom of Westphalia, where he installed his brother Jerome as King. The region was doing poorly on the financial front. Jerome tried to win favor with the wealthy Jewish community in his Kingdom in order to gain their financial support. He did this by removing many of the disabilities or limiting restrictions forced on Jews of Westphalia. He officially removed the restrictions in Jan. 1808. The image is from September 1807, so while he was trying to win favor with the community. The theme of Jewish people enjoying ham, which was forbidden to them, was common at the time. By decreeing it was now called venison rather than ham in the picture, the artist is poking fun at the Jews and the King. The etching is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
King Jerry treating his Jewish subjects with Westphalia Venison
Date
1807 September 15  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : London (England)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:14
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