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Plate from a catalog of Warsaw types: Jewish usurers fooling a young Gentile

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.304

Plate from a 19th century lithographic catalog of Warsaw types, including many Jewish street vendors, by Jan Felix Piwarski (1794-1859), possibly from his unfinished series, Kram malowniczy warszawski. This print depicts a young man in a fez and two Jewish money lenders as they conclude their business - exchanging a signed contract for a bag of money. Piwarski studied drawing and foreign languages before moving to Warsaw in 1816. In 1818, he was appointed curator of the Print Room at Warsaw University Library. He held this position until 1834 when the University was closed by Czar Nicholas I of Russia following the suppression of the Polish November Uprising. Piworski then had a successful career as a teacher and artist. He invented new lithographic techniques which gave his work a delicate, painterly quality. Piwarski introduced the practice of painting and sketching in the outdoors. He was known for his carefully observed landscapes, and for his numerous series of works depicting people on the streets of Warsaw involved in their daily activities. The folio is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Kubus Sie Przeciera
creation:  1855
creation: Poland
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:23
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