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Rowlandson caricature of three elderly Jewish men eating pork

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.632

Hand colored proof of an etching by Thomas Rowlandson depicting three old Jewish men eagerly preparing to dine on suckling pig. Since Jewish dietary laws forbid the eating of pork, comic works often showed them doing so greedily and with great enthusiasm. Dukes Place was a Jewish neighborhood in London. Rowlandson, one of the most brilliant cartoonists and engravers of late 18th-early 19th century England, issued over sixty works featuring Jews, often derogatory and antisemitic, as in this print. His humorous drawings of contemporary scenes of city, country, and political life were popular and had much in common with the picaresque novels of Fielding, Smollett, and Sterne, which he illustrated. This print is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Artwork Title
Jews at a Luncheon, Or a peep into Dukes Place
Date
1794  (publication/distribution)
Geography
creation : 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: 2018-01-11 14:23:15
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