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Four portrait studies of Romanian character types

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.293

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    Brief Narrative
    The drawing is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Romanian Portrait Studies
    creation:  approximately 1870
    creation: Transylvania (Romania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    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

    Object Type
    Caricature (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Drawing in black ink on paper of 4 portrait studies of men from the waist up. In the top center is a middle aged man in a round hat with a large, upturned brim, a collared jacket with buttons, and a floppy bow tie. He sucks on a long stemmed, capped pipe, head angled slightly left and looks out with a clear-eyed, thoughtful expression. He has short, curly hair, a long face, and a short, bulbous nose. The man on the right side wears a kippah and a coat and has stereotypical Jewish features, including sidelocks, a large pointy nose, a thick bottom lip, and a long curly beard. He is in three quarters left profile and he smiles and looks to the right of the viewer. The bottom center man wears a wide collared coat and is depicted in three quarters left profile with a chair back behind him. His head is turned toward the viewer and he has short, wavy hair, arched eyebrows, a large nose, and a thick bottom lip. The middle left man wears a wooly, conical hat, a coat, and a tie and has short, curly hair and a large blunt nose. He smokes a pipe and looks at the viewer.
    overall: Height: 8.375 inches (21.273 cm) | Width: 6.500 inches (16.51 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The drawing 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 10:14:36
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