The Jew as Other: A Century of English Caricatures 1730-1830

One of the Tribe of Levi Going to Brake-fast with a Young Christian

London, January 21, 1778
Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, No. 53 Fleet Street
Mezzotint
[35.8 x 25.9 cm]

In the mezzotint, a rich Jew, like the biblical Solomon, is seen in his drawing room admiring an opulently bedecked courtesan that his procuress has just presented to him. On the walls behind where he sits hang pictures of biblical (or possibly classical) scenes, showing the ravishment of young women. The lavishness of the decor belies the sordid nature of the liaison.

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